They should be. Maybe not in the sense that their life is one big lie, or that they manipulate the people around them in order to achieve their goals. Although that is an option, I'm talking more specifically about the character lying to themselves. One of the best pieces of writing advice I've ever come … Continue reading Is Your Character a Liar?
It's been awhile since we've posted any creative writing themed posts so we've compiled a list of our most popular writing posts to help our readers and fellow writers avoid writer's block and stay inspired. First, get started with Music in Set the Mood and Set the Stage: Instrumental Music for Writing In this blog post, … Continue reading 5 Creative Writing Blog Posts That You Might’ve Missed!
There comes a time in every writer’s life when you’re ready to write – you have your music playlist raring to go and a fresh mug of coffee sitting next to you – but try as you might, you still find yourself staring at a blank page. To remedy the situation, you begin to scour … Continue reading Some Suggestions on How to Overcome Writer’s Block
Poems have existed much longer in formal structures than they have in the free-form structures that many modern poets favor. If your well of inspiration has run dry, or you've been struggling to revise a poem and it just isn't working with a free-form structure, your choices are anything but limited. There many forms to … Continue reading Be a Shape-Shifter: Four Poetic Forms to Try
A few months ago, when I was suffering through winter finals, I had this little image of how my summer would go. I pictured me, my laptop, birds chirping, and much needed writing time for those larger projects that had somehow fallen through the cracks. With jobs, an internship, summer classes, and social life, the … Continue reading The Beauty of the Writing Prompt
Every writer experiences this moment: you fire up your laptop, pull up a blank word document, finger tips hovering expectantly over the keys, and out comes… nothing. Where your thoughts should be dancing across the screen in a composed ballet of letters, instead they remain desolate and barren. It’s as if your muse has suddenly decided … Continue reading How to Begin Again: Working Through Writer’s Block
As a writer, one of the most difficult things to deal with is writer's block. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to write something, finding the time, and having nothing come to mind. I typically experience writer's block when trying to start a new project. No matter how many ideas I may have, there … Continue reading Creative Writing Prompts
In honor of National Novel Writing Month, we caught up with one of our staffers, Camera Martin, for the following prompt. We’ve reached that time of year that I believe every aspiring author should take advantage of at least once in their lives: Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, millions of people … Continue reading How Do You Do November?
Want to inform your writing? Start by becoming informed. In a recent craft talk to our creative writing students, Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr, accomplished poet and author of a number of books including Bastards of the Reagan Era, gave the prompt: think of a recent headline or event and then juxtapose that event with something from … Continue reading Reginald Dwayne Betts On Craft; A Matter of Public v. Private