Caitlyn Meissner, Guest Contributor:
I’m a writer, and a comparison addict. Maybe you’re one, too.
By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer:
If you are shaken by the loss of your earlier confidence and joy in writing, please don’t make the mistake of concluding you just don’t have it in you after all.
Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer
As a parent, you field these well-meaning but bewildering questions from relatives and friends. They make you anxious, defensive. All the while, you ache for your son or daughter as they wrestle with their own questions, and there’s no way for you to hand them the answers.
Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer:
Watching your young writer agonize over writer’s block, or whether their story idea is good enough, can be heartbreaking. Don’t you wish you could get inside your son’s head and change his perspective? Don’t you long to say the right thing—something irrefutable—when your daughter rages that none of your encouraging words are true?
Sam Cooper, Guest Contributor:
Tough criticism should be expected, but in the ocean of comments toeing the line of becoming insults, there is one dangerous judgment a writer can’t brush away. It sticks. “Your story doesn’t seem original.”
Compiled by Staff
Last week, we asked eight One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) students to tell us what their biggest area of weakness is in writing, and what strategies they employ to overcome it. This week, we feature another eight experienced OYANers and their responses. We hope their ideas for self-improvement will be useful to you!
Compiled by Staff
We asked several One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) students to tell us what their biggest area of weakness is in writing, and what strategies they employ to overcome it. This week, we feature eight different students and their responses.
Kyle de Waal, Guest Contributor
The deadline to enter our annual Student Novel Contest is August 15, 2015—in 3 days! If you’ve been holding back, afraid to submit your novel, Kyle challenges you to think about the contest in a different and fun way.
Kaitlin Wells, Guest Contributor
Kaitlin Wells, a longtime “OYANer,” now studying creative writing at Kansas State University, shares why she believes students should join the OYAN community.