Advice, Characters, Questions

Brace for Impact

Today, while I was studiously putting off the critiques I have to write for tomorrow, I came across this video on TED talks. It's a short presentation given by Ric Elias, who was a passenger on the plane that went down on the Hudson river back at the beginning of 2009. His presentation is about… Continue reading Brace for Impact

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Art, Memories, Questions

Young Woman Writing

When I was a freshman in High School, my parents took my brother and me to New York for a week. We stayed in the tiniest of tiny hotel rooms (my mattress had to be stored underneath my brother's bed during the day so we could walk across the room), ate rotten yogurt and delicious… Continue reading Young Woman Writing

Characters, Plot, Questions, Rant, Theme

Thesis Statement

In keeping with last week's theme of "questions writers hear a lot," I have a new one I'd like to address. It's one that I've been getting a lot lately, especially with yesterday's Easter gathering, where various family members all wanted to know the same thing: What is your novel about? To the average person,… Continue reading Thesis Statement

Characters, Habits, Plot, Questions, Rant, Theme, Uncategorized

Idea Genesis: Ultimately Unimportant

In ancient Greece, genius was thought to exist outside of the body, in the form of a daemon or muse who supplied inspiration for whatever human happened to be attached to them. This was a lovely theory, because it made it easy for writers to answer the question, "Where do you get your ideas?" But… Continue reading Idea Genesis: Ultimately Unimportant