By Gabrielle de Waal, Staff Writer
I’ve taught my mind to expect writing, to think of it as a daily responsibility like making supper or taking a shower. I’ve taught my anxious brain that I can produce words on command, and that if it’s a difficult and frustrating process, that’s okay.
By Hannah McManus, Guest Contributor
I have always been creating stories. I thought I always would. So I was blindsided when my seemingly endless stream of creativity dried up, leaving me in a creative dry spell that lasted nearly three years.
By Ryan Robidoux, Guest Contributor
If you’re a One Year Adventure Novel student and a Christian, you are not unusual. Many “OYANers” write faith-informed stories. As Christian writers, we know stories are powerful, and we want to impact people with our stories. Indeed, that’s our calling, isn’t it? To share the Gospel?
By Jim Viebke, Guest Contributor
My journey to the 2017 Winter Workshop began seven years earlier when I first started using The One Year Adventure Novel (or “OYAN”). This is not just a story about the Winter Workshop, but also a story about how the workshop played an important part in my journey as a writer.
By Sarah Noé, Staff Writer
The saying goes that hindsight is 20/20, and I’ve certainly had moments of discovery that I wish I could pass back to my younger self. Alas, I am without a functioning time-travel device, hence I wrote up this open letter of sorts instead.
By Caitlyn Meissner, Guest Contributor
The movie theater isn’t your only portal to adventure. Adventure is all around you, ready to be lived, written about, enjoyed. You don’t need a microscope to see it. Just a perspective change.
By Daniel Schwabauer
If steampunk is a blend of Victorian culture and slightly advanced technologies, what would happen if the culture were pushed farther back, and the technologies shoved farther forward?
Outlines aren’t the only way to bring shape to a story. A bad outline will drive you compulsively in the wrong direction. Instead of giving advice, it will give commands. It will tell you to write what it summarizes, regardless of how the story has changed in your mind during the telling. “I am the story,” a bad outline will say. And if you listen to it, your story will be bad too.
By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer
There are many reasons why young writers stall. And it’s hard to watch, as a parent and teacher. What do you do when your son or daughter loses momentum with The One Year Adventure Novel course?
By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
If people ask me about nonfiction resources, I’m happy to oblige, cheerfully pelting England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings and other books or articles at them, forgetting that titles like that don’t sound exciting to most people. But when asked for fiction suggestions, I find myself in a sudden quandary.