Nanowrimo: National Novel Writing Month. We’re all in this together. Or not. This can be that yearly quirky time when writerly people bow to an artificial deadline that forces them to caffeinate, to pull their hair out, and to find millions of other ways of … Continue reading Nanowrimo: National Novel Writing Month: We’re In This Together (Sort of)
There is Nothing New Under the Sun Remember that old saying? Years ago, when TVs had rabbit ears and PBS was the only way to watch without commercial interruptions, I saw Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth. It was 1988 and this professorial man … Continue reading The Quest as Genre: A Plot Outline
Well, it looks like there’s about a week until school starts around here, so this will be yet another year I won’t be teaching in the public school system. I sat down today to think of what are some of the positives and negatives about … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Classroom Teaching
One frequent piece of advice for avoiding writer’s block we hear is: write something, anything. But where do we start? How do we seek out and capture that elusive abstract we call inspiration? I had the chance to lead a young writing group recently. I … Continue reading Finding Inspiration at the Library: Two Writing Sessions
Food is an intricate part of literature. Eating While Reading A joke from I don’t know how far back is that literature is a one-handed occupation, ostensibly because the reader is supposed to be doing something with the other hand. I confess that usually … Continue reading Food and Literature
We call main characters protagonists. We like to call them heroes. Then there are those pesky anti-heroes, when the main character we root for is really a bad guy. But what if main characters aren’t particularly heroic? Is it enough that they just survive? How … Continue reading Is Survival Enough for a Dystopian Hero?
What does it take to become a generation worthy of respect? Is there really something special about some generations? Is there something wrong with others? At a recent book club meeting, we were discussing The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. (This novel depicts the lives of … Continue reading Tempered Steel Makes the Character