Happy Valentine’s Day

Hello Creative Writer, Happy Valentine’s Day! This was always one of my favorite holidays because as a kid you got to have a party in school. Everyone brought in valentine’s and treats and you got to exchange them.  Every year my mother bought me a pretty new dress; usually red or pink and covered in hearts to wear and it was pure fun. As difficult as it might be to believe, this holiday of love and kindness actually stems from a violent and horrific past. The Catholic Church honored two men, both named Valentine, who were both executed by Emperor … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day

The Query

Hello Creative Writer, As was mentioned in the minutes from our last meeting, next week we will be having a craft talk about writing query letters, which I will be leading. Before that talk I wanted to provide a little background. This might be good for thinking up questions and topics of discussion. What is a Query Letter anyway? When I think of a Query Letter I think of a Cover Letter. When you submit an application for a job you are often asked to include a Cover letter. This is an important writing skill for even “non-writer” writers. This … Continue reading The Query

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a New Year Creative Writer! At the end of each year is seems necessary to take a moment and reflect. While some choose to use this time to think about new fitness routines or career goals, I like to also spare a moment for reviewing what i’ve written. I was very hard on myself this year for not writing consistently. Though, joining a community of writers definitely helped with this issue; I still felt like I had somehow failed. Then I pulled out my flash drive and looked more closely. I completed an entire novel at the beginning … Continue reading Happy New Year!

Story break!

NaNoWriMo leaves little time for other pursuits, but getting out of your head and into somebody else’s words for a few minutes can do wonders for your writing. At least, it’s been good for mine—especially when I’m steeped in something I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s so easy to fall into patterns and forget there are other things you can do with words. Anyway, here’s The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher. It’s a charming story that sets a common fairy trope on its head in the most delightful way. On a similar note, here’s Blessings … Continue reading Story break!

If you haven’t begun..Begin

Hello Creative Writer, In cause you haven’t noticed it’s now November and we are leaving behind the creepy challenges for a slightly bigger one.. NANOWRIMO Have you ever tried to write a novel? Well, have you ever tried to do it in one month. November is the time to push yourself, even if an entire fully realized novel isn’t the end result, the idea that writers all over are also putting butts in chairs and pens to paper, or fingers to keys to creative. I personally have never undertaken the official challenge- with work, school, social engagements, and more there … Continue reading If you haven’t begun..Begin

Before Halloween Ends

A soft rain is falling, throwing up a thick, perfect mist just for us, just for Halloween. Leaving the Haunted Open Mic, after two hours telling and listening to ghost stories, I wished for a moment that I had a longer drive ahead of me, so I could stay wrapped in that atmosphere just a bit longer. Then I realized I hadn’t yet done my favorite Halloween activity. And in the spirit of All Hallows Read, I’d like to share it with you, before it’s over. Turn off all the lights, press Play, and close your eyes. Continue reading Before Halloween Ends

Are you writing today?

Hello Creative Writer, One of the hardest things about learning any skill is practicing. It’s frustrating not being just naturally brilliant. And even if you do happen to possess supernatural writing talent at some point you will still have to take up the painstaking and nerve-wreaking task of sitting down and doing the work. The best way to get good at anything is to do it. Alot. Over and over and over. On some type of regular schedule. And unfortunately, writing is no different. The more you write and read the better and easier it gets until you don’t have … Continue reading Are you writing today?