The Right Lighting for Your Writing Life

The Right Lighting for Your Writing Life

As I write this article, I am in the company of my two spider plants. They live in a corner where they get some light from the overhead tape LEDs when I work during the day. My office does not have a window for them to receive direct daylight. They are surviving but not necessarily… Read more »

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: Celebrity Sleuths

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: Celebrity Sleuths

Well, it took me a couple of years, but I found more author sleuths for you! This time, however, I mixed in some sleuths who, while famous, aren’t authors or at least aren’t famous because of any books they wrote. It turns out I used up most of the author sleuths in my first installment,… Read more »

The Poet’s Toolbox: What is Poetry of Witness?

The Poet’s Toolbox: What is Poetry of Witness?

Welcome back, poets! In my last post, I talked about confessional poetry—a brief history, defining characteristics, and a couple exercises to get you started writing some confessional poetry of your own. Today, I’d like to talk about poetry of witness, a mode that I’d argue is a close cousin of the confessional (with some key… Read more »

Fairy Tales and Once Upon a Time

Fairy Tales and Once Upon a Time

Most of us have memories of fairy tales. Maybe your parents told you a story of a princess who saves a prince from a curse with her kiss, perhaps a babysitter tucked you in while recounting the exploits of a very sly fox and how he came to the lion’s court to face judgment, or… Read more »

The Book Nook: The Thirty Books Challenge

The Book Nook: The Thirty Books Challenge

Today I present to you an interesting challenge: what if you only kept thirty books? I recently moved and it was exhausting. I had plenty of time before the move took place to go through things and get rid of stuff I didn’t want to bring. And I certainly availed myself of this opportunity.  But… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Tips for Writing a Successful Series

#5onFri: Five Tips for Writing a Successful Series

All authors dream of their own version of success: perhaps it’s making a living from their writing; or resonating with their readers; or receiving rave reviews… I have done all of these things and more by writing in a series, and today, I want to share my top five tips for doing just that. What… Read more »