Tag Archives: Writing Strategies

In Their Own Words: Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight […]

Filling in the Blanks

Silicon Valley obsesses over automation and efficiency. If you have the money, the tech industry is happy to deliver the recipe and ingredients for French toast as well as provide a lift to work. Automated reminders on your phone keep you focused and efficient at work, while your calendar (synced with the office’s, of course) […]

How to Find (or Build) a Writing Community – Part Three

This is the third in a three-part series on finding and building a writing community. The first post focused on online resources, both free and paid. The second post was about local resources, both free and paid, and this one will discuss traveling to workshops, retreats, and conferences. One of the most educational (however overwhelming […]

Writing Out the Bad Stuff

Last summer someone gutted my new bike. Both wheels and the seat, gone. They left just the sad, lonely frame still locked to the bike rack, looking severely inadequate next to the other bikes. When I first came across it, I stopped walking and stared at it for a while, as if the wheels would […]

How to Find (or Build) a Writing Community – Part Two

This is the second in a three-part series on finding and building a writing community. The first post focused on online resources, both free and paid. This post will discuss local resources, both free and paid, and the third will expand to include traveling to workshops, retreats, and conferences. There are certain places that writers […]

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 […]

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time… Four little words that, from childhood on, signal the start of a story. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, though, they start a writer’s story too. Once upon a time there was a boy or a girl who…fell in love with letters and the sounds of words or heart-grabbing stories or pens and […]

How to Find (or Build) a Writing Community – Part One

This is the first in a three-part series on finding and building a writing community. This post will focus on online resources, both free and paid. The second post will discuss local resources, both free and paid, and the third will expand to include traveling to workshops, retreats, and conferences. Writing can be a very […]

The Writer’s Inspiration Group

Inspiration for writers can come from many places, live theater, modern art museums, strolling in the forest, but sometimes it’s just nice to be with people who share the desire to assemble words on a page. Sitting and talking about writing, the good, the bad and the ugly, can be cathartic. Our group, titled The […]

Reading About Writing

As a young man trying to become a better writer, I’ve received many bits of advice from people along the way: “Don’t be afraid to create, because there is no wrong in creativity.” “Writing is all about the process, not the product.” “You do know you need money to pay bills and writers don’t have […]