By Daniel Schwabauer
You’re four chapters into a novel—a project that recently excited you with its promise of fascinating characters and unexpected plot twists—when you realize your book isn’t going to work.
By M. R. Shupp, Student Contributor
Overcoming the cringing and sneering of your inner editor to write that first draft is not for the faint of heart. But when I started editing and taking classes to train my inner editor to be especially keen and nitpicky, I found first drafts to be even harder.
By Rebecca Morgan, Student Contributor
In October, I posted on my blog that this November would be my first time participating in NaNoWriMo (“National Novel Writing Month”). However, seven days into it, I had to post again, stating my withdrawal.
By Priscilla Krahn, Student Contributor
There’s nothing like wanting to do something, and being told you won’t ever be able to do it. Especially when the person telling you that you can’t is a big brother who is always right.
By Courtney Kleefeld, Student Contributor
Conflict, specifically with other people, can cause a sensitive person like me a lot of stress. So why should I write something I don’t even like reading about in fiction?
By Teresa Rudd, Parent Contributor
I guess you could say that I wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of creative writing for forty years before encountering for the first time the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum.
By Eve Fitzsimmons, Student Contributor
Once upon a time, there was a girl. This girl was quiet, shy, super introverted, and really liked
corners. Drawing attention to herself was off limits. She prayed that people would just smile
and keep walking.
By Lydia Davis, Student Contributor
The act of creation attracts a surprising variety of fears. Part of this is because creativity refuses to be predictable. No matter how thoroughly you plot a novel, there’s inevitably some aspect that catches you off guard. Writing can be unknowable and unexpected. Sometimes, that’s what makes it exciting . . . but not all the time.