Let it begin: everyone clamoring to explain why they don’t need to use a dictionary. They know how to spell. They know the meaning of words (or can figure them out based on context). They have spellcheck or Grammarly. Yes — I’ve heard it all, and I still think everyone who writes should write with a dictionary open.
There’s been a fascinating moment happening on Twitter as relates to advice on writing. Really as relates to advice on advice.
During the next six weeks, while this year's Odyssey Workshop class toils, those of us who aren't this year's lucky contestants can play along at home with an unofficial writing challenge ...
The clearest explanation of the differences between fantasy and surrealism I've yet to see comes from Ursula K. Le Guin's essay "The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists."
In early 2016, I was ask to participate alongside other small press editors as a panelist in the day long event "Get Published! 2016" at the Herrick District Library in Holland, Michigan, hosted by MiFiWriters. The programming mainly focused on the mechanics of publication, so that's what I'd prepped for. But there were a couple … Continue reading When To Kill a Character
Beginning writers are often given the advice "write what you know." It's not a rule, not by a long shot. It's advice. And it's not even advice that applies long-term. It's training wheels. When you're starting to write, you have a lot of brand new considerations to make. You're learning to balance craft -- storytelling, grammar, … Continue reading Writing What You Know and Researching What You Don’t