What My MFA Taught Me & What I Learned on My Own

What My MFA Taught Me & What I Learned on My Own

It’s been almost ten years since I graduated with my MFA in Creative Writing, so I’ve had a little time to reflect on the experience. Fresh from my graduation in 2012, I was certain I’d whip through finishing my novel and the book would be out the next year. Right? Wrong. It’s 2022, and my… Read more »

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: My Auto-Buy Authors

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: My Auto-Buy Authors

While I work on part 2 of my Sherlockiana post, here is another I promised—my auto-buy authors. You know what series I buy on sight (and don’t miss part 2 here). Now you will know the authors who inspire similar devotion in me.  My Auto-Buy Authors Rhys Bowen When I started reading mysteries more often… Read more »

What to Do about Author Platforming When You’re Burned Out

What to Do about Author Platforming When You’re Burned Out

Everyone is burned out these days. But authors tend to be especially busy people, even in non-crisis times. But now, we’ve had two years of pandemic on top of everything else.  Are you burned out? I’m burned out.  And yet. The platforming machine demands to be fed.  The Pressure to Platform Let’s be honest: For… Read more »

Find Your Motivation for Writing Speculative Fiction

Find Your Motivation for Writing Speculative Fiction

What do you think you haven’t been told about the sometimes called “What-if” stories? Assuming you’ve read the last four segments of Worldly Wise (Welcome Back, BTW!), you already know the basics… or perhaps you already know more. However, if you’re here for the first time, hello there! Welcome to Worldly Wise, where we work… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Ways to Tell Enough without Telling All

#5onFri: Five Ways to Tell Enough without Telling All

There is often a temptation to give your reader more than they really need, or, more importantly, want to know. For example, you describe a garden that is just coming into bloom and then go into minute detail about the flowers and trees. Your description includes the botanical names of three species from one genus,… Read more »

Tales of a Solopreneur: When to Formalize Your Business Entity

Tales of a Solopreneur: When to Formalize Your Business Entity

Disclaimer: DIY MFA does not provide legal, tax accounting, or financial advice. In making decisions regarding whether and when to formalize your business entity or other decisions that may have legal and/or financial ramifications, we strongly urge you to speak to a licensed attorney or financial adviser in your specific jurisdiction for the most accurate… Read more »