What I Learned About Finding Story Ideas from Julie Duffy

Julie Duffy is a writer and the host of StoryADay May, an annual creativity challenge for short story writers. Julie has also published two books for writers, BECOMING A BETTER WRITER, and BREAKING THROUGH WRITER’S BLOCK. Julie Duffy will be talking about the creative process at Lit Loft. Follow her twitter (@storyadaymay) or find StoryADay… Read more »

If We Don’t Take Ourselves Seriously, Who Will?

Why are writers so reluctant to take themselves seriously? This question has been on my mind a lot lately and it looks like I’m not the only one. One article I read this week answers that question of when to put “WRITER” on your business card (something I still struggle with), plus some other questions… Read more »

CASA: Create a Writing Network that Feels Like Home

Welcome back to the DIY MFA video series designed to help you write more, write better, write smarter. Today you’ll hear about how you can create a writing network that will nurture and support your work. Video 2: Build Your Writing Network Today’s video is all creating that writing network, that safe haven that will… Read more »

What I Learned About Motivation from James Scott Bell

JAMES SCOTT BELL is the author of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot & Structure, and numerous thrillers, including Don’t Leave Me, Try Dying and Watch Your Back. His novella One More Lie was the first self-published work to be nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award. Under the pen name K. Bennett, he is… Read more »

Build Good Writing Habits

To celebrate the upcoming DIY MFA event, Lit Loft 2013, my team and I have put together a series of videos designed to help you write more, write better, write smarter. If you’re on the DIY MFA list, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek but now we’re sharing these videos with the world. We hope… Read more »

Writing Across Genres: Q&A With Kat Martin

We are pleased to host New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin, focuses on romantic suspense in her novels. Her newest book AGAINST THE MARK–the ninth installment of the AGAINST series– releases today! Romance Reviews says of the AGAINST series, “Every book in this series is excellent with hot romance and murder.” You can find Martin’s… Read more »

Announcing New Community Resources at DIY MFA

It’s tempting to think of writing the way it used to be in days of old. You hide out in a cabin in the woods, pour your words onto the page and then *poof* you have a book. But the truth is that these days, you can’t go it alone. Writers need community. There are… Read more »

Introducing Lit Loft 2013

I am so excited to share this news on the website with you today! This has been in the works for months now and today finally enough of the pieces are in place that I can share details with you. Lit Loft 2013–a DIY MFA online event event–is officially a go. Watch the website because… Read more »

Creative Writing Lessons from a Reporter

I’m a journalist by day and a creative writer by night. This double life started in my sophomore year of college, when I enrolled in two classes: Introduction to Fiction and News Writing. Every week, I would spend my mornings and afternoons typing up news articles using the inverted pyramid. Evenings were dedicated to creative writing:… Read more »

Reading and Studying Mentor Texts

Most writers are readers. We grew up absorbed in books. I was one of those kids who grew up without a television, so I was reading a book a day on average.  I still read a lot now, but unfortunately, I don’t absorb good writing technique automatically. I have to be deliberate about it. I… Read more »