The Art of Criticism

Getting told your work is not as good as it could be is tough. It’s painful. In the moment, it makes you want to quit. But if you’re committed, if you enjoy the work you’re doing, if you really want to get better, the feedback you receive will fuel you. You’ll get better. But getting that feedback isn’t as easy as it seems.

Donald Trump Helped Me Write a Novel

Donald Trump Helped Me Write a Novel

As part of my MFA program in Creative Writing, I have to work on a final thesis. This thesis is to be a collection of short stories or a novel manuscript. I spent most of this semester working on a novel for that thesis, but Donald Trump destroyed that. It's not all bad, though. Donald also happened to help me write my next attempt at a novel which I will submit for my thesis at the end of the program. 

Write Where You Know

Write Where You Know

I don't think writers should think about all the knowledge they've collected over their years of life on this earth then figure out how to cram that into a story. Do some fucking research, and feel free to write about what you don't know if you want. But, I will say there's merit in writing where you know. At least for me. 

What Stephen King Taught Me About Pretension

What Stephen King Taught Me About Pretension

When I entered my MFA program in Creative Writing, I expected to be inundated with references to books and stories of which I'd never heard. I expected to be told the writing I liked was not of a quality worthy of discussion in the program. In truth, I figured this was the trade-off I would have to make to become a better writer: discuss stories that I felt lacked a plot entirely but fell neatly within the "literary fiction" genre (or lack thereof) and grit my teeth while improving my own craft.