When some people think of getting their writing critiqued, the image of a group of like-minded people sitting in a circle and reading their work of fiction aloud tends to come to mind. In this day and age, where everything we do is based around social media and the internet, the idea of in person … Continue reading The Beauty of the Online Critique
It seems like a question with an easy enough answer, right? A writer is someone who writes. But for anyone who has actually ever seriously tried to make writing a large scale endeavor, they know that this question is triggered by even more intricate questions: When do I legitimize my writing? Is it when someone … Continue reading Am I a Writer?
I think all writers want to achieve the nirvana of seeing their work in print. Most aspiring writers don’t have a problem sharing their work, even if it means getting harsh feedback. There is, however, a large number of student writers who are afraid to submit. Submitting might not be the only thing that sets … Continue reading Three Reasons Why You Should Submit Your Work
Previously, I sang my praises of one of the most rigorous, challenging, and craft-molding experiences that I’ve ever participated in: Nanowrimo. It’s the annual event held each year internationally where writers of all ages, expertise, and genres come together with the goal of writing 50,000 words in only 30 days. Along with encouraging writers to … Continue reading Camp Nanowrimo: The Number One Getaway For The Adventurous Writer
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
Most people are familiar with the saying, “patience is a virtue.” In an effort to be better than our egos, we try to extend our patience and wait for the benefits to fall into our laps. Unfortunately, we’re often discouraged by anything that doesn’t pay off immediately. After multiple rejection letters from contests and literary … Continue reading Patience is Key: Why Writing Sometimes Means Waiting
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
Eva Hill is an undergraduate writer and poet at Oakland University who recently participated in the OU poetry slam. She has been writing and performing poetry since she was in high school, and agreed to talk about her inspirations, motivations, and her experience performing slam poetry. Sharnita Sanders: What first drew you to poetry? … Continue reading Interview with Eva Hill