Writing Process

Define and Refine Your Writing Process

We got so many awesome questions during the master class, and we couldn’t get through them all. That’s why I decided to hop on a live broadcast so I could answer some of these questions, particularly the ones focusing on the writing process. One theme that came up again and again in this session was… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Tips for Narrowing Your Focus

Lots of people say they want to write a book about their life. Over the course of years and decades, they’ve amassed experiences and learned lessons that make for interesting reading and inspiration for others. That makes sense. We all have a story to tell – and really, more than one story. Which can make… Read more »

How the NASA-SpaceX Collaboration Can Inspire Your Writing

On May 30, 2020, NASA astronauts Bob Behken and Doug Hurley were launched in the Crew Dragon capsule by a Falcon 9 rocket, both capsule and rocket provided by SpaceX. The Falcon 9 returned safely to its barge. The next day, Behken and Hurley successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). This was the… Read more »

Dollars and Sense

[Editor’s Note: This is published author Lauren Sharkey’s first column at DIY MFA. She will be focusing on the business side of writing. We are so excited to add our new columnist! You can also check out Lauren’s recent DIY MFA Radio episode here.] In an episode of Sex and the City, Carrie says she… Read more »

Beyond the Writing: How to Build a Well-Rounded Author Life

Hey word nerd! Jeanette the DIY MFA Curriculum Unicorn (aka Curriculum Director) here. I’ve been a fellow word nerd since early 2018 when I ran across Gabriela’s Stop Dreaming, Start Doing video series. At the end of the videos, I flipped to the next blank page in the journal where I had furiously been scribbling… Read more »

Honoring Your Writer Identity

For some writers the very act of calling themselves a writer feels like an accomplishment. For others it feels like an act of defiance. Others still can’t bring themselves to acknowledge their talent and how far their hard work has gotten them. I recently watched an episode of The Comedians (it’s not a new show,… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Tips for Creating Your Villain

Somehow bad guys and gals are in many ways more challenging to create than our so-called heroes or heroines. This is an area of your writing that invites you to stretch yourself, to play with multiple violations, remembering that you will fall in love with this character, and you will have to manage, at the… Read more »

DIY Writing: Are you giving yourself a chance?

I have wanted to write for as long as I could remember. … No, that’s not really the truth. I’ve wanted to express myself for as long as I can remember. … No, that’s not it either. I’ve wanted. Now we’re getting somewhere. I want. Yeah, right there. Writing is another form of digging all… Read more »

Sweet Writing is Made of Dreams

During this strange state of the world that we’re living in right now, I’ve noticed that my creativity and motivation in some areas has completely and utterly taken a nosedive. At the beginning of the year, I usually came up with story or writing ideas fairly regularly — pulling together a part of a universe… Read more »

Lesson #6: Honor Your Reality

I need to confess something: this newsletter has been a real struggle for me to write. For the past several months my team and I had gotten into a good rhythm. We had mapped out the newsletter topics for the “10 Lessons in 10 Years” series. We had figured out a streamlined workflow. We had… Read more »