Braden Russell, Guest Contributor
I’ve discovered one type of deadline that you should never, ever make for yourself. It will depress you, disillusion you, and completely take the wind out of your motivation. And for many of us, it’s the only kind of deadline we give ourselves.
Angie Fraser, Guest Contributor
Although The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) is designed for high school students, we also have many adult students—some college-age, but others who write in the midst of parenting and jobs outside of the home. Angie, in New Zealand, has the distinction of being both the mother of OYAN students and an OYANer herself. We asked her to tell us about what it’s like writing a novel as a mom and home-educator.
Kyle de Waal, Guest Contributor
Kyle de Waal gave a speech during the 2013 Summer Workshop, challenging the members of the extended One Year Adventure Novel community to put their gifts and training to use. It was so provoking we asked him for a written version we could post here for those of you who didn’t get to hear it (and everyone who needs reminding again!).
Jeff Miller, Guest Contributor
We asked J. Mark Miller, dad to an “OYANer” (a One Year Adventure Novel student) who is also a fantasy-writer himself, to share some reflections for other writers and their parents.
It’s no secret I’m working on a YA novel. What has been a secret (until now) is that I’ve tried to write this novel at least four times: once in grad school, again five years later, again a couple of years after that (time blurs at this point) and again last year.
Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer
I daydreamed ferociously when I was a kid. Nothing pleased me so much as slipping away from people and situations to hunt fancies in my head. And why curb my imagination? Wasn’t daydreaming my source of creative ingenuity? I trusted to imagination to achieve my dream of becoming a writer, or, as I put it then, a “poetess.” Ha.
Jared Schmitz, Guest Contributor
Let’s assume you’ve decided to become a writer. Your choice is made; a lifetime of struggle and fulfillment within your own imagination awaits you. But no matter how excited you might be about this, you’ll surely find yourself asking—and it won’t be long, either—the questions at the heart of the matter: What is writing good for? Why should I write? What good am I, and who am I to be writing stories?