Posts filed under writing

June 20, 2011

Spoiler alert

I am not a fan of spoilers. Part of the joy of consuming a text, to me, is not knowing what will come next. I have just as much fun trying to figure out the plot twists in Doctor Who as I do actually watching the show. It’s tough, though, because there are lots and […]

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March 19, 2010

Here are some pictures I have recently taken.

I really can’t express how much I love the Hipstamatic app. In other news, I’m on spring break. I have decided that I want to try to write a hundred pages while I’m out of class. I still have to work, but that does not signify. I want to see if I can push myself […]

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February 2, 2010

Back in the saddle etc etc

School started again last week and, oddly enough, I was really ready. As I walked up Michigan Avenue to the building where the Fiction Department is located, I felt less apprehensive than I usually feel when I start new classes. Instead, I was, dare I say, actually excited, face-melting cold notwithstanding. I feel like I’m […]

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January 5, 2010

Can you change your process?

Last semester, in my Censorship class, we were talking about process. We do that a lot, actually, in the Story Workshop program, but this time my teacher asked us what we could do to actively change our process. It sounds silly, I know, but I was kind of dumbfounded. You mean, I can just… change […]

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November 5, 2009

Here is a letter I just emailed to

Dear Amazon Customer Service, First, just want to say, love you guys. I bought myself an Amazon Prime membership for my birthday this year and it’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever done for my wallet. I added the Amazon iPhone app and boom! It’s UPS delivery city over here. Not that I’m complaining, but […]

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October 22, 2009

Throwing the baby out, or why social networking is important and how to keep it from taking over your life.

I read this entry on Editorial Anonymous the other day, about whether unpublished writers should do things like create Twitter accounts for their characters as a pre-emptive publicity strike. The blog post and comments have varying opinions on that tactic, but what I found most curious were comments from people that said that unpublished writers […]

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October 17, 2009

Trusting the back brain

In the fiction writing program I attend, there’s an assignment in Advanced Fiction classes called the Steeplechase. The Steeplechase is dangled over students as something terrifying, a rite of passage that only the strong will survive.* In fact, the Steeplechase is a twelve step writing exercise, that, as it turns out, is excellent for building […]

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August 26, 2009

Publishing links

I’m clearing out tabs. These are some links I’ve come across (mostly from twitter) with publishing tips, news, etc, over the last couple of weeks. Maggie Stiefvater with a Giant Butt-Kicking How to Write a Novel Post. Stephen Pressfield on research as resistance. Things you should be able to expect of your editor. (Yikes) Nathan […]

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August 5, 2009

The Fear

I spend a lot of time thinking about The Fear, enough so that the phrase somehow graduated to Capital Letters recently.  The Fear does a lot of things, but mostly it keeps me from doing my creative work.  The Fear tells me that perfectionism is a perfectly reasonable way to get through life.  The Fear […]

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