Category: writing

The beauty of writing in silence

The beauty of writing in silence

My writing soundtrack looks like this: That white empty space after the colon is the sound of silence. Like most humans, I do enjoy music—but never while I’m writing. I can write through ambient noise like cafe chatter, traffic, or lawn mowers. If my neighbors turn up their stereo, though, my brain sticks on the...

Metafiction defined

Metafiction defined

When I tell people I blog about metafiction, I often hear “What’s metafiction?” So I thought rather than examine a particular work this week, I’d discuss metafiction and perhaps arrive at a working definition for the purposes of this blog.

On keeping a journal

On keeping a journal

I love the idea of a carefully kept journal. In my imagination it’s always a leather bound book with crisp, thick, cream-colored pages. And in my perfect dream world, I write in it every day. My reality is much different. As a child I filled notebooks of various sizes with my thoughts, crushes, and obsessions....

Sure-footed writing

Sure-footed writing

I often stumble when I begin writing a short story. I don’t know enough about the characters or the setting for brilliant sentences to come pouring out of my fingertips. But I learn. I adapt to the story’s needs. And eventually—eventually I find the path, and the characters are just there, and I can feel...

10 reasons I didn’t submit to your literary magazine

10 reasons I didn’t submit to your literary magazine

Writers often feel desperate for publication. We feel like we NEED to be published, and we’ll settle for any magazine, for any contest, as long as our work is being validated by someone other than our moms. (Okay, okay, I’ll admit it: When I say “we,” I really mean “I.”) But we have to remember,...