Verb Tense and Writing Fiction

Verb tense is a very important tool in the writer’s toolbox. Will you write in the present simple and continuous? The past simple? Both? Verb tense offers...

DIY MFA: Writing Prompt, No. 2

Eileen G'Sell offers a series of prompts to write about an emotion or sense without using any words that relate to those emotions or senses. If you want to writ...

One Cool Trick to Shift Points of View

Shifting between different points of view requires skill. This is something of a truism in writing. There are many who try and fail. The ones who succeed make i...

On Proper Word Choice

Learning to write is learning to make a series of choices. Which point of view, tense, genre and other decisions are ones we must make as we write fiction and n...

We, The Narrators – Buddha in the Attic

Julie Otsuka’s Buddha in the Attic tells the story of Japanese picture brides. Women emigrated from Japan to America in the early 20th century to marry me...

Writing Practice as Play

Why is writing so serious? Put another way, why is it so hard for writers to play when we write? Janet Burroway, in her excellent, highly recommended, oft-assig...