Writer Wednesday: Outlines

Every semester I have students who come to me with trembling lower lips and big cow eyes, who express amazement that they got such a bad grade on their paper. “All my teachers have said I write really well!” They’re certain that I am blind to genius. Fortunately, I tell them, I believe in revision…

So It Goes: Vonnegut Tribute Pre-Order

Roll up, roll up — it’s very nearly here! So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut is available for pre-order now. What’s it all about? Kurt Vonnegut was a man who pushed his imagination off a cliff and followed it for the whole drop; a man who was able to write the most cynical…

Writer Wednesday: Write Every Day

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” ― Octavia E. Butler I want to speak in this latest installation of How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job about…

Writer Wednesday: A New Project

Usefulness! It is not a fascinating word, and the quality is not one of which the aspiring spirit can dream o’ nights, yet on the stage it is the first thing to aim at. ~ Ellen Terry I’ve been thinking about usefulness and one of the ways I thought to employ my own usefulness would…