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The Seven Rules of Writing

My entire life revolves around the written word. It has been that way since childhood. My writing tools have evolved since then: crayon to pencil, typewriter to computer – but the inexplicable need I have to write has not wavered. How did this love affair take flight? I attribute much of it to reading.         […]

In the Footsteps of Louisa May Alcott

During a literary pilgrimage to Concord, Massachusetts a few years ago, I visited Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott. Louisa lived there with her parents and sisters in the only permanent residence the Alcotts ever knew. Upon entering the two-story farmhouse, I immediately left the twenty-first century and stepped back in time. Nearly […]

Friend or Foe: Writers and their Feuds

Friction among writers has all the earmarks of a good fiction story, but make no mistake; it does exist in real life. Writers have long been associated with harboring resentment over the success of their colleagues, especially when their work has not reached the same levels of popularity. Competition does not always occur on the […]

A Writer’s Words: Fact or Fiction

Literary critics spend countless hours dissecting written texts in an effort to establish a connection between the author and their words. While it has long been known that writers interject certain elements of their personal lives into their fiction, we as readers need to learn when to disengage from the writer’s life and delve more […]

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Breaking Barriers

From marital infidelity to mental breakdowns, women writers have been breaking barriers with their novels for centuries. In 1899, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening met with negative controversy for its unconventional subject matter. Chopin’s decision to write about a female protagonist whose disillusionment with her marriage leads to an affair, and, ultimately, to abandoning her children, […]

Remembering Nelle Harper Lee

Almost anyone can throw words together and refer to themselves as a writer; few, however, can write with the kind of profundity required to withstand the test of time. But for one woman from Monroeville, Alabama, writing came as naturally as breathing. Nelle Harper Lee cemented her place in literary history when she wrote To […]