Can a piece of writing still be good if one or more of its main characters are terrible and completely unlikable? Do main characters need to be likable? If so, why?(more…)
“Truthful Fiction” might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s not one. In fact, all pieces of fiction include truthful and realistic elements in them. And, one could argue, that all good and engaging fiction is more realistic and truthful than many realize.(more…)
What to Read if You’re a Writer
As someone who founded a book club called the Egalitarian Book Club, I would never dissuade anyone from reading a bit of anything and everything by a diverse array of authors. However, if you’re a writer, you might want to be a bit more decisive about what you read on a regular basis… at least eighty to ninety percent of the time.
Here’s a short list of what you should read if you’re a writer.(more…)
3 Reasons to Write Every Day
Writing isn’t just a job. Writing is so much more than a typical occupation– it’s more like a compulsion, a part of who you are, and who you are always becoming. And it’s something that should be a part of your everyday lifestyle and routine, especially if it’s something you want to do and enjoy doing on a regular basis.
Here are three reasons to write every day.(more…)
5 Tips for Maintaining a Daily Writing Habit
Writing every single day isn’t as difficult as it seems. At least, not if you do the five things laid out in the post below. Trust me on this. I learned how to keep a daily writing habit the hard way, and I don’t recommend it.(more…)
Writing: A Poem
Today’s writing prompt, Writing: A Poem, will ignite your creative impulses about writing and allow you to reflect on why you write. Keep reading to see the full prompt and my completed version of it.(more…)
What makes a writer a writer?
What makes a writer a writer? The answer to this question should be simple. A writer is someone who writes. Period. Right? Or is there more to being a writer, in addition to the mechanical act of putting pen to paper and scrolling some words, or typing a string of words into a digital document?(more…)
Sunday Summary & Writing Prompt: What keeps your creativity alive as a writer?
Today is Sunday, so it’s a good time to reflect on and write about the week you just had. Write a piece of fiction about it if you’re in a creative mood. Or use today’s writing prompt to pause and reflect on your own writing process, and what writing means to you.
Keep reading to see today’s full reflective writing prompt, as well as weekly updates on what I’ve been writing and reading, and more.(more…)
Sunday Summary & Prompt: Home for the Holidays
Today’s writing prompt, Home for the Holidays, is the seventh prompt of the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS PROMPTS on the Daily Drafts and Dialogues blog this year. But today is also Sunday. And each Sunday is a great day to reflect on the previous week while also looking forward to the week ahead.
This Sunday, reflect on and summarize the week you just had in your writing via fiction or nonfiction, or both.
Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt: Home for the Holidays. And to see updates on the current novel I’m writing, what I’m reading, and more.(more…)
Sunday Summary: How Does the Holiday Season Inspire Your Writing?
This Sunday reflect on and summarize the week you just had in your writing via fiction or nonfiction or both. Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt: How Does the Holiday Season Inspire Your Writing? And to see updates on the current novel I’m writing, what I’m reading, and more.(more…)