Does Writing Advice Work for You?

By Katrin Schumann

Do you hole up in near seclusion like Jonathan Franzen to create your opus? Do you use social media for ideas and encouragement? Do you read fiction while you write fiction? Where do you find your inspiration and your will to carry on in spite of the self-doubt? Do you search for answers in what other fiction writers do?

Ultimately, the only thing that matters is what works for you.

December 7, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

Freewriting with a Purpose: Get Started and Keep Going

By Deborah Sosin

Write about your feet. Go. Ten minutes. Hairy toe knuckles, fallen arches, that painful bunion. Ugly, smelly, too big, too small. The pedicure gone wrong. The foot-fetishist boyfriend. Whatever comes to mind. Just keep the pen moving.

That’s freewriting in a nutshell. Writing without stopping—no censoring, editing, or judging. No need to fix spelling, punctuation, or grammar. No need for perfection. Simply putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) is a great way to bypass resistance, procrastination, and self-criticism.

October 7, 2013 | Deborah Sosin

Craft Advice

Craft Books: A List For Writers

By Becky Tuch

Craft books. Some people swear by them, some people swear they don’t need them. As Randy Susan Meyers wrote recently on Beyond the Margins , “Whisper the words books on writing to a bunch of writers and you might have to watch the whoosh of air as they take sides so fast it’s like being transported to West Side Story.

October 4, 2013 | Becky Tuch

Craft Advice

Disrupt Your Writing Process

By Calvin Hennick


In every writing class I teach, I ask my students to complete in-class writing exercises. Some find them helpful, and others don’t, but there’s a reason I do them, and it isn’t because I want to kill 15 minutes of class time while I check football scores on my phone.

In class, students generally work longhand instead of at a keyboard

October 1, 2013 | Calvin Hennick

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Day 344: The Devil’s Party

December 9 (1608)  Birthdate of English poet John Milton.

“The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he Wrote of Angels and of God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true Poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.” -- William Blake





December 9, 2012 | 366 Days