Whether you’re new to blogging, not an experienced writer, or just overwhelmed by the hundreds of articles out there explaining how to write a blog post, crafting a quality post can be a huge challenge. Even seasoned writers can come down with a case of creative block when faced with trying to make a simple blog post perfect. But, in the words of all my art and writing professors, “No piece is ever really finished. It’s just abandoned.”
Newly Published Articles: Summer 2022
As a writer, few things compare to the sheer joy of seeing your name alongside your work in print. Even though I’m now a transplant to the Midwest, I remain a proud contributor to South Magazine. The summer 2022 issue marks the most pieces I’ve contributed to a single issue to date (six pieces!).
How do real people feature in your fiction?
Even if you try your hardest to avoid any accidental resemblance to someone you know, the real people you’ve met will show in your writing one way or another.
How to Bring a Compelling Character to Life
Well-written stories make both the good guys and bad guys compelling characters. They make your world more immersive for your readers and your characters more fun to root for (or against).
Draft First, Outline Later
My main struggle with following an outline is that if things don’t feel natural when I’m writing, I get an itchy feeling under my fingernails. I can’t force myself to write through something I know isn’t going to work.
The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop
I was tagged in this Blog Hop business a while ago. I meant to get on it right away, but a few things pushed ahead of it. Now that I’m less busy, I can indulge …
The Best and Worst of Critique Comments #2
So we had another full-class critique of short stories. This time, the story had to be 500 words (as opposed to the last story, which was 8-10 pages). After some of the comments I received …
The Best and Worst of Critique Comments
I finally got to present my short story to my fiction class, and the comments I received were worth the wait. (I had food poisoning the day I was scheduled for critique, so I was …