‘Writing’ Articles


7 Ways to Re-Kindle Your Passion For Writing

From my writing desk’s window this morning, I see dull brown grass trimmed with splotches of melting snow, bare trees, and a gray sky. January is hardly the most inspiring time of year, at least not for those of us living in a seasonal climate. Yet that cold and boring outside has its upside: it… Continue Reading »


Goal-Setting for Writers

You are WRITER. You are a wizard who takes funny-shaped squiggles on the page and weaves them into stories that mean something. Your words have the potential to tug at people’s emotions and even change their minds. This is magic in its purest form. Other people go through life completely oblivious to the magic that… Continue Reading »


Back Away From the Delete Key: Censorship in Kidlit

Self-censorship is a tricky topic for those of us who write for children and youth. People have very strong opinions about what they think children should be exposed to in stories—and not everyone agrees about it. Fiction may not be technically true, but the best fiction still tells the truth. What truth do you want… Continue Reading »


#5onFri: Writing Apps to Help You Finish That Book

I’m always on the lookout for writing apps that will boost my productivity and make all my creative troubles disappear. You know what I’m talking about: that perfect app that combines the power of a PC with the form-meets-function beauty of a Mac. Oh, and it writes your book for you too. Yeah, right. The… Continue Reading »


Communication as a Literary Theme: A Case Study

Everyone communicates in some manner every day. We use emails, phone calls, and face-to-face conversations to share ideas, information, and feelings with other people. What happens, though, when communication is hindered by language, developmental disorders, or other barriers? Or when there’s a misunderstanding? Those obstacles can affect our relationships and prevent us – or our… Continue Reading »


Anatomy of a Love Scene, Part One

I write romance, so yeah, I love love scenes. I enjoy writing them. It’s a lot of fun. I look forward to them. Contrary to what many think, though, those love scene aren’t always sexual. It can be any moment of intimacy between two characters, a simple touch of a hand. Not necessarily skin to… Continue Reading »


#5OnFri: Five Impactful Five-On-Fridays

We’ve had an amazing year here at DIY MFA, with so much more to come in 2016! We’ve expanded our team, had a blast hosting our first Writing Conference and, to cap it off, Gabriela turned in the DIY MFA book — and next year, it will be coming out in the world! There is so… Continue Reading »


Flash Fiction as Holiday Therapy

The holidays can be a trying time for many reasons. Harsh weather, cheap secret santas, forced family gatherings, awkward office parties, and one-sided conversations all make the cut, year after year. The good news? We can turn all of those into stories. The flash fiction world is practically begging for it. More good news? Once… Continue Reading »


A Writer’s Holiday Survival Guide: Part One

(Web Editor’s Note: This is an article first pubbed in November 2013 we thought we’d dig out of the archives and share again! Check out Part Two right here, and the bottom of the article for a few more holiday-themed posts to inspire you this season!) It’s hard to find time to write. It’s hard… Continue Reading »

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