Debra Monroe was our guest speaker last night in 501 and she was great. Debra writes memoir and fiction and teaches writing at Texas State. She has 7 books to her name, one of which was recently released. She is reading from her new memoir, My Unsentimental Education at UNM this evening and is very entertaining so I … More Posing and Opposing: A lesson from Debra Monroe
I’ve been compiling a list of words to eliminate from my writing as much as possible. These are weak, crutch words that lend nothing and keep the story from being shown. They are “tell” words and as we all know: “Show, don’t tell.” My instructor points these out and I find myself crossing them off as I … More MFA Monday: Words to Eliminate
We had a guest speaker in a recent MFA class–Intro to Writing as a Profession. She was really great, funny, clever, and an alumni of our program whose fiction, though not yet published, has made the finalist cuts for some note-worthy awards. She shared a near-universal frustration with trying to get her novel published and … More My Name is Faerl Marie and I Write Chick Lit.
My 5 favorite books on writing craft: 1. On Writing, by Stephen King An iconic, must-read for all people, everywhere, who have ever aspired to write anything more involved than an email. And they’ve just come out with a 10th anniversary edition! 2. Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell (Now titled The … More Five for Friday: Craft Books
This is a working list of definitions I’m learning and developing as part of my MFA. Some of these words are completely new to me, others are familiar, and some were completely misunderstood. I’ll be updating this regularly so stay tuned. Psychic Distance: Also called ‘Narrative Distance,’ describes the relationship the reader has with the narrator; … More MFA Definitions
Writing isn’t always an easy thing to see. I have a novel that has had me stumped for about a year now. The plot arc is complete. It has a beginning, middle, and end. The characters are all there. But I know it needs work–a lot of work–and knowing where to “put my pen” has evaded … More The Arc of Understanding