How You Can Improve Your Writing Without Writing

Over the summer I learned quite a bit about writing. But over the summer I did almost no actual writing. Here’s what I learned about how to improve your writing without writing. Basically, there are two key concepts, two key actions that I took over the summer that have changed my outlook to writing, and … Continue reading How You Can Improve Your Writing Without Writing

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Understanding Success as a Unpublished Writer

This is a short companion post to last week’s piece about my failure board. I thought I was going to be published within a couple years of writing my first novel. When that didn’t happen, and when my failure board had begun to grow I knew I needed to reevaluate the way I measured my … Continue reading Understanding Success as a Unpublished Writer

Why I Keep Track of my Writing Failures

I have a corkboard in my room that I call my failure board. On it I keep notes about all the contests and queries I’ve sent that were rejected. Really early in my writing journey I decided I would keep track of all the times I failed as a writer. While blindly believing I would … Continue reading Why I Keep Track of my Writing Failures

Why I’m Studying History instead of English

I’m a student. I’m in my second year of a BA in History. And as much as I lowkey love the idea of becoming a historian, the real reason I chose the history program is because I’m a writer.Now, I’ve had lots of people ask me why I’m not in the English program if my … Continue reading Why I’m Studying History instead of English

Allowing Yourself to Rewrite

I’ve been taking a creative non-fiction class this semester. Besides being introduced to and immersed in a vast, deep, and beautiful genre of writing, I’ve learned a lot of transfereable skills for other types of writing. The particular lesson I want to talk about today is rewriting. In my fiction writing process, rewriting was an … Continue reading Allowing Yourself to Rewrite