In many of the workshops I’ve done dealing with fiction writing, there’s a common concern among critiques: what does the character want? Particularly, “what does the main character want.” Because most of us read because we’re invested in a character. Sure, plot is very important to us if we’re reading for entertainment, but I don’t think you can have plot without character motivations and […]
Here’s another installment of our writer interviews. Today’s interview is with Michel Sauret, who has graciously done a guest post for us a while back, which you can find here. Michel is not only a writer, but a soldier, a photographer, and a husband and father . In 2008 he earned the title of Army Journalist of the Year. He owns his own […]
Welcome to the second post of Rousers. Rousers is my attempt at offering you writing prompts that will hopefully “rouse” you from the slumbers of your writing life. It’s something we hate to admit, as writers, that we’re not writing. But I think it probably happens to most of us more often than we’d like. We have all these ideas, and we have all this […]
The hardest thing about writing, is writing. I don’t know about you, but I get these ideas and these characters in my head that I’m not really sure how to put into a finely written story. And I hate it when I come across writing resources that start with this tip: “write, write, write.” As if I don’t know the definition of “writing.” […]
I went to church yesterday, and the pastor was speaking about fellowship, and how we’re better off when we have other people in our lives. Now that we’re in a new year, some of you have new intentions–big goals– for your writing life. And this idea that we’re better off when we have fellowship with others also applies to the writer. You know, […]
Hey there writers, last week I got an email from someone from this magazine called Highbrau. The following is a callout for submissions to their publication. I encourage you to get your writing out to as many places as you can. You can check their publication out at http://www.hbmag.ca. So here it is: Hello! We are Highbrau Magazine, a small-scale print project working out of […]
Well, writers, it’s been another year, and it’s almost 2014. I have one last interview for 2013 to give you. Enjoy! — Jason Autumn Rinaldi lives in St. Louis. She has degrees in Music (Voice) and Art, but she has been writing all of her life. One of her recent shorts,Left, has been published in Bareback Literary Magazine, along with The Shadow, recently featured […]
Gabriela Pereira is the Creative Director and Instigator of DIY MFA, the do-it-yourself alternative to a Masters degree in writing. She creates tools and techniques to help serious writers get the benefits of MFA-style learning without going to school. She holds an MFA in Writing from The New School and has taught at several organizations throughout New York City. When she’s not teaching […]
This week’s interview we have the privilege of getting insights from a writer who isn’t only a writer, but an editor as well. J.B. Blackford has an M.A. in English, from Duquesne University. Since graduating in 2008, J.B. has been teaching, writing, and editing. When asked what she does for work, she tells people “[she] works with words.” Aside from working as an […]
Welcome to another Friday interview. Today’s interview is with Mark Carson. I met Mark through Twitter. Mark lives in New Jersey with his wife, his two children, and two cats. For his day job, Mark works in enterprise computing, but would one day like to move down south to a warmer climate and work as a full-time writer. Mark is currently working on […]
- No NaNoWriMo For Me November 2, 2012
- Starting Out October 16, 2012
- What Sells Isn’t Always Meaningful November 12, 2012
- Believe in Your Story October 25, 2012
- Do People Read Anymore? November 1, 2012
- First Time in First-Person September 21, 2012
- Short Story or Novel? September 26, 2012
- Writing Death Scenes October 11, 2012
- Writing Friends November 1, 2012
- Just Get it Out August 24, 2012
- Rousers #3: What Does Your Character Want? February 24, 2014
- An Interview: Michel Sauret February 7, 2014
- Rousers #2: Unforgettable Settings February 3, 2014
- Rousers #1: The Kitchen Table January 27, 2014
- You Are Not Alone January 13, 2014
- A Callout From Highbrau Magazine January 8, 2014
- An Interview: Autumn Rinaldi December 30, 2013
- An Interview: Gabriela Pereira December 16, 2013
- An Interview: J.B. Blackford December 2, 2013
- An Interview: Mark Carson November 22, 2013
- Jason: I do the same thing. I have all these ideas in my...
- Michel Sauret: I've never been a procrastinator but really my pr...
- Jason: Thanks for that info. I've also used something s...
- Michel Sauret: Another great resource for writing workshops onlin...
- Jason: Hey Jim, appreciate your comment. Hope your writi...
- Jim LIston: I'm writing a death scene and ran across your sit...
- Jason: I love your comment. And I'm glad that you can r...
- Autumn: I totally agree. Some writer friends I know dress ...
- Jason: What an awesome way to answer that question, and I...
- Marlena H.: I like to write all sorts of things. Some things a...