Creative Monsters

Today’s Halloween, the day we celebrate all things that go bump in the night.  But while Halloween boogies might be imaginary, I’d like to talk about some monsters that are very real: creative monsters.  What are creative monsters, you ask?  Creative monsters are those people in get in the way of our creative journey.  Often… Read more »

3 Critique Tips and a Bonus Quiz (Just for Fun)

Today, I thought I’d share a couple more critique tips that have helped me in the past and then give you all a fun little quiz, just for laughs. Tip #1: Helping Your Readers Help You Sometimes it helps to give your critique partners or beta readers something to focus on so they can really… Read more »

Making the Most of a Critique

When it comes to receiving critique, I’ve found that the more you put into the process, the more you get out of it.  Here are some tips to help you make the most of the critique process before, during and after. Before You Submit: Proofread and eliminate typos. If your submission is as tight and… Read more »

Announcement: DIY MFA Check-In on Twitter

Hello all!  Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t do a check-in post this past Sunday.  What I’m realizing is that for me posting on the weekend is just really tough.  Between family and other commitments (and preparing lots of juicy new DIY MFA materials for you all) the Sunday posts are becoming… Read more »

What Kind of Feedback is Right for You?

When it comes to getting a tune-up on your writing, you have lots of different options. In fact, sometimes the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming and it’s hard to recognize what kind of help or feedback you really need. In this post, you’ll get to know some of the choices so you can… Read more »

Weekend Prompt: Dive Into Reading

This week, we’ve talked about the nuts and bolts of reading. Now it’s time to put theory into action. Weekend Prompt: Do the following steps to analyze a piece of short form literature.  Don’t worry about making your answers to the questions cohesive or making them “look pretty” in a neat little essay.  Right now,… Read more »

Creative Practical Reading

Today we talk about a method for reading that I’ve developed for the classes I teach. Creative Practical Reading (AKA CPR) focuses on reading for the basics first, then moving on to higher level questions and issues. In medicine, CPR is all about making sure the injured person has a pulse and is breathing first…. Read more »

Size Matters: Reading Short Form Literature

A few weeks ago, we dedicated a week at DIY MFA to talk about reading.  In particular, we talked about why reading is important and how writers can choose the things they read to benefit their writing.  This week we focus again on reading, but this time looking it from a new angle.  We’re not… Read more »

Weekend Prompt: DIY MFA Community

This week, we talked about different types of writing communities and where you can find a community that works for you.  Now we’ll start building our very own writing community right here at DIY MFA.  Aside from the blog, there are many other ways you can connect to DIY MFA and other writers participating in… Read more »

Finding a Writing Community

Trying to find the right community can sometimes feel like ordering from one of those monstrous diner menus: you have way too many options, but can never find the one thing you’re in the mood to eat.  The purpose of this post is to whittle down the choices for you, kind of like the waitress… Read more »