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!

Pitt-Johnstown Fall Reading Series – Michael W. Cox – November 1, 2018

The Writing Department at Pitt-Johnstown hosts a Fall Reading Series every year, presenting one poet, one creative nonfiction writer, and one fiction writer during the fall semester. The readings are held in room 131 in Blackington Hall and are free and open to the public. For the final event in this year’s reading series, fiction writer Michael W. Cox will be reading this Thursday, November 1st at 7pm from his latest book, The Best Way to Get Even: A Novel. Dr. Cox teaches writing at Pitt-Johnstown and was one of my mentors when I attended. I proofread this novel a while back, … Continue reading Pitt-Johnstown Fall Reading Series – Michael W. Cox – November 1, 2018

I’ve spent my life looking for a word

Hello Creative Writer, As a writer you well know the struggle of finding the perfect word. There are so many to choose from but there is a short list of words that convey the right nuance, the right emotion and the perfect message. It can be torturous to sit with a sentence nearly complete but for one word that hides at the tip of your tongues and on the edge of consciousness. Imagine, then, this feeling amplified. It is not just a sentence that needs completing. For years, decades, my mind has been searching for a word. I read as … Continue reading I’ve spent my life looking for a word