By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
For six years, I couldn’t figure out how to write an opening scene for my book. It’s a running joke among my friends that I’m an obsessive editor—I’ve spent nearly ten years now on the book itself—but my struggles with chapter 1 were especially ridiculous.
By Addison Lucchi, Guest Contributor
Many people will say that academic writing is completely different from fiction writing, but there are definite similarities between the two modes of writing, and it’s precisely in these areas of overlap that the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum can be helpful.
By Jared Schmitz, Guest Contributor
How do you view the early drafts of your writing projects? Do you view them as blocks of stone requiring smoothing and carving into shape, but essentially complete? Or do you view them more as lumps of clay, likely needing to be fully reshaped more than once?
By Sarah Noé, Guest Contributor
It might sound like I had all the pieces in place, all the gears turning, for a happy steampunk writing career. However, the sub-genre still held some surprises for me—surprises I want to impart to you. I hope by sharing them that steampunk will appear more accessible if you, too, have an interest in writing it.
What role do you play in the OYAN community? What kinds of responsibilities do you have?
First of all, I’m a graphic designer. All of the materials available for purchase – workbooks, textbooks, DVD covers, logos, etc. – are designed by me. I am also responsible for the creative aspects (layout and design) of our websites.
By Irie Odessa Browning, Guest Contributor
I love to act, but I’m a writer, too. One of the reasons I love acting is how it helps me develop my writing, mostly in the area of character development.
By Sarah Noe, Guest Contributor
At the beginning of last summer, the words stopped coming. I couldn’t understand it. I loved my characters, but they came out on the page flat. My prose was clunky. The theme, which I cared about, wasn’t strong enough to hold up the struggling plot. I was devastated.
Brynn Fitzsimmons, Guest Contributor:
Studying writing in college has repeatedly made me question whether I love writing enough to finish—or even like writing anymore at all. I want to share why I’ve had such a difficult time and how to avoid the discouragement I faced.
Emily Tjaden, Guest Contributor
I know what you might be thinking: “But I’m a novelist. I don’t blog.” Fair enough. For a long time, I felt the same way. Blogging was for people who didn’t—or couldn’t—write fiction; why should I bother with it? Well, the truth is, there are a lot of reasons you should bother.
Justin Ferguson, Guest Contributor:
From the earliest days of the human race, we have told stories to make sense of ourselves, our world, and our place in it. These stories we call myths, and they were told not simply for entertainment, but to understand the nature of life on this planet.