The Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received Came From a Rejection Letter

A couple of years ago, I submitted an essay to an online literary magazine. I received a rejection e-mail from the editor a few months afterwards. Although I felt the usual disappointment at the time that my work was passed on, I’ve later become grateful for this e-mail. Instead of the typical standard letter thatContinue reading “The Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received Came From a Rejection Letter”

Benefits to Joining a Writing Group (and Tips for Finding the Right One!)

One of the most beneficial changes I’ve made to my life in the past two years was to start participating in writing groups. I have been lucky enough to participate in a couple of groups and cannot recommend them enough for anyone looking to increase their writing productivity! The benefits of joining a writing groupContinue reading “Benefits to Joining a Writing Group (and Tips for Finding the Right One!)”

The Five Most Difficult Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing

Most of us can agree that writing is not usually as simple as having an idea and “writing it down.” While inspiration does occasionally flow freely, most writers I’ve talked to believe that producing consistent writing takes determination and a lot of self-reflection. Writing can be tough and feel like a struggle some of theContinue reading “The Five Most Difficult Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing”

Writing Exercise: Driving (Part 1)

The driving is nothing for me. Years of practice have taught me to turn off whatever part of the brain is responsible for boredom, fatigue, for feeling your body’s reaction to sitting in the driver’s seat for hours. The ritual is like this: You put the keys in the ignition and you start the engine,Continue reading “Writing Exercise: Driving (Part 1)”

Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

I have been trying my hand at growing plants this past year, and one of the things I’ve learned is that some plant bulbs, such as daffodils (which bloom in early spring), should be planted in the cold soil of fall and winter. I was surprised to learn this planting technique, as I would haveContinue reading “Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter”

Writing Exercise: Mirrors

Prompt “In her New York Times essay “The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?,” Parul Sehgal writes about how ghost stories throughout American literature have functioned as social critique, manifestations of protest and redress that reveal “cultural fears and fantasies,” and which understand “how strenuously we run from the past, but always expect it to catchContinue reading “Writing Exercise: Mirrors”