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.
By Gabrielle de Waal, Staff Writer
A few months ago, I asked myself: Could I compile a list of unique or especially fitting titles and use the data to extrapolate some of the common threads? What makes a good title . . . good?
By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer
There are ways to avoid cultural faux pas—missteps—so you can disarm even readers given to the occasional cultural snobbery. The word “disarm” is the key. Your goal is to send subtle signals to your reader that you know you won’t do a perfect job, but you are trying.
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 Daniel Schwabauer
I don’t believe in shoe-horning every author into the smallest possible box. But if I want to understand my own strengths and weaknesses, the W/S scale is a good place to begin. Better still is this two-dimensional chart for mapping four traits simultaneously.