The Importance of Staring at a Wall

Over the course of the past month, I’ve had a bunch of random days off between semesters. My plan was to spend a lot of time writing, but I knew that I’d ultimately be distracted. So I decided to pay attention to my creative energy instead. Though I had a great time last semester, I…
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January 17, 2011 0

Will You Read Me a Story?

When I was a child, my mom used to take me to Story Hour at our local library. At Story Hour, one of the librarians would read one book out loud, slowly and deliberately. She would complete one page then open the book toward us so that we could see the illustrations. She had a…
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January 12, 2011 0

The Book Wasn’t Written in a Day

In case you haven’t heard, Snooki from MTV’s Jersey Shore has published her debut novel, A Shore Thing. Snooki wasn’t the only “celebrity” to score a book deal in 2010. Justin Bieber wrote a memoir. Hillary Duff, Lauren Conrad, and Nicole Ritchie penned novels. These days, anyone can write a book! Well, these celebrities don’t…
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January 10, 2011 0

Ideas Inside a Vacuum

Yesterday, I discussed idea generation with my friend Jarvis Slack on his podcast The Rhetorical Situation. Somehow, we found ourselves asking the question, “If you were trapped in a white, padded room, would you continue to have any ideas?”. I absolutely believe that ideas are inspired by our interactions with the world. All my thoughts…
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January 5, 2011 0

Top 5 Personal Best Moments of 2010

If I had to assign a theme for my life in 2010, I would use “growing up” to describe it. I have done nothing but prove to myself that I can take care of “me” and that I can do whatever I’m determined to do, no matter how scary the uncertain future may seem. I expect nothing but more wonderful moments in 2011 as I continue to teach, work on my book, update this blog, and serve as a marketing coordinator.

December 30, 2010 4

On Being Easy

In their final papers, many of my students admitted that they entered the semester with the notion that Intro. to Creative Writing would lead to an easy A and not require a lot of work. Well, they were surprised by assignments that were rigorous and demanding. Why do students expect creative writing to be so easy?

December 28, 2010 3

Blogging as a Creative Writing Exercise

Not everyone who has a blog uses it to create high-brow literature, but bloggers do write to charm a unique audience, one that’s unique in that it can interact with them. As a writer, blogging helps me supplement my other writing projects. It helps me discover my own voice, explore my characters, and experiment with different styles.

December 13, 2010 2

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

I asked my students to come up with a plan for the future of their writing lives. If they want to continue writing outside of class, how will they motivate themselves? What will inspire them? Where will they go to write? Who will they ask to read their work? Many of my students decided that forcing yourself to write just ruins the experience.

December 8, 2010 1

In the Beginning, I Had a False Start

In writing, as in life, a temporal beginning does not always make for the best beginning. Amateur, even professional, fiction writers tend to start a story at its chronological beginning. Because we think chronologically, our natural inclination is to begin a story with a character waking up from a dream or by introducing a stranger.

December 1, 2010 1

Not Far from the Maddening Lib

Yesterday, my students and I discussed literary magazines and their role in literary culture. I think my students were surprised by the broad range of subject matter that writers cover (a poem about photographing snakes, a story about drunk girls in stilettos, another poem about a burning Christmas tree) and how a magazine exists to suit every interest.

November 24, 2010 1