Jenn Walton

Three Ways to Preserve Your Creativity

Living in the midst of a global pandemic, in addition to being a very terrifying and uncertain experience, has also been an incredibly inspiring one. Since being ordered to remain on social lockdown and distanced from one another, both here in the District of Columbia and elsewhere across the country, my partner and I have… Read more »

Brendan Brown

#5onFri: Five Lessons from Successful Writers

Being a writer is no easy feat. Writing requires honesty and gumption. It requires you to be resilient, immune to criticism, and to spend hours locked away in seclusion. What makes a writer successful? Is it only about natural talent? Or is it more about discipline and learning resilience? Whenever I need some writing inspiration,… Read more »

Gabriela Pereira

Writer Fuel: Jump First, Build After

DIY MFA has reached a major milestone this year. That’s right — 2020 marks ten years since I started this project! To celebrate this 10th anniversary, I’ll be doing a series on the ten lessons I’ve learned in ten years of DIY MFA. These essays will appear first in our newsletter Writer Fuel, so if… Read more »

Rebecca Fish Ewan

Drawing from Home

I’ve been struggling with writing, have reduced my output to notes jotted in my sketchbook. I haven’t heard a line of poetry in my head (how my poems often emerge) in weeks. My mind is stuffed with facts about COVID-19, and DIY recipes for hand sanitizer and face masks. One way I’ve found to settle… Read more »

Manuela Williams

Four Tips For Creating An On-Brand Book Cover

In previous articles, I’ve discussed some author branding basics, including key questions to ask when building your brand and different ways you can build your brand, even when you’re super busy.  Remember, your brand is more than just a snazzy logo or website. It represents who you are as a writer. It’s your values, your… Read more »

Melanie Marttila

Mythic Storytelling: Five Books on Tarot for Writers

Last time on Speculations, I offered a brief introduction to the tarot. This time, I’ve read and will briefly review five books on tarot for writers, so that you can decide which reference(s), if any, you might want to add to your writing craft library. I’ve decided to present them in chronological order by date… Read more »

Jeanette Smith

Should I Trust Editing Software?

Editing is often cited as the most difficult part of the writing process. Having taken our unique ideas and formed them into sentences, how do we now evaluate the result and determine what’s good from what needs changing? Some changes will be obvious—usually from the squiggly red line underneath it. That’s right. Today we’re talking… Read more »

Savannah Cordova

#5onFri: Five Signs Your Book’s Structure Needs Work

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser at heart, you probably recognize that an unwieldy, unclear, or unstable structure can be a death sentence for your novel. Even if you’re writing a book defined by its quirky characters or experimental style, most readers simply won’t have the patience to get through it unless the structure… Read more »