May 2013

BOOKMARK THIS: Tips on Revision

From The Guardian, M.J. Hyland discusses the importance of revisions, how to avoid clichéd pitfalls, and stresses that there is not a single first draft in the world that is, or ever will be, perfect.

DIANA WAGMAN ON DIALOGUE

"'She would have been a good woman,' The Misfit said, 'if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.'" — "A Good Man is Hard To Find" by Flannery O'Connor

The Finish Line

Not One for Good-byes

I've never been one for good-byes. I'm the person who lingers on the curb at the airport, or stands in front of my house waving until the car disappears around the corner, or runs back inside a friend's apartment to give her another hug. But, whether I refuse to say good-bye or not, the Mark Program is going to say farewell to me on June 29th, the date of our Final Review.

GROWING WITH BOOKS

I’m the type of reader who always seems to have a favorite book that I keep coming back to. In the second grade it was The Little House. By the time third grade rolled around, I had transitioned to Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. In fifth grade I discovered Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. In the course of a year I must have read the book de jour over a dozen times. Easily.

Bookmark This: 33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer

These writing tips from thoughtcatalog.com includes everything from getting enough sleep to adding more fiber into your diet. It is a great read for anyone who needs to add some extra structure into their writing approach.

Here are some of our favorites:

Coffee. I go through three cups at least before I even begin to write. No coffee, no creativity.

Truth in Fiction

I've discovered that it's often difficult for me to describe a work-in-progress in any way that satisfies me.

I've heard that it takes an hour to write an hour-long speech, two hours to write a two-hour speech, and three hours to write a ten-minute speech. One has to really know what one wants to say in order to make it concise.