There comes a time in every writer’s life when she believes she has no ideas and a deadline approaches and panic hovers at the periphery.
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Craft: Bone Heap — On Returning to One’s Own Work by Donna Steiner
Any writer who has been at it for a while knows what throwaways are, although you might have another name for them. Exercises, warm-ups, unfinished pieces, maybe the ever-optimistic “works in progress.”
Craft: Trending Now — Literary Citizenship by Donna Steiner
… you’ve likely heard the phrase “literary citizenship.” It’s been around for a while, but over the past couple of years has become part of the lexicon.
Craft: Lying in a Hammock, Reading Across Genres by Donna Steiner
Reading in other genres might feel like too large a time commitment, or might even be a bit scary.
Craft: Magic Books by Donna Steiner
There are several sure-fire things I do when I feel stuck and can’t write as fluidly as I’d like…sometimes I resort to my magic books.
Craft: Commence(ment) by Donna Steiner
Although many of my friends are accomplished writers, I am most often around young writers, beginning writers.
Craft: Square One by Donna Steiner
There were no ideas, no sparks; the fallow months were piling up with alarming rapidity.
Craft: Look it Up by Donna Steiner
We had two reference books at home when my siblings and I were in elementary school. One was a massive dictionary, the other was a massive encyclopedia. These two volumes must have each cost my parents a small fortune, but they were invaluable. Together, the tomes probably weighed more than any one of us kids. …
Craft: Habits by Donna Steiner
I spoke with some young writers yesterday. They happen to be poets, and had just read a couple of chapters from The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser. We were talking about establishing good writing habits, and one student said, “I always make sure it’s quiet where I’m writing, and I try to make…
Jumping the Gun by Donna Steiner
When I began teaching, none of my students ever asked about publishing their work. They were content, it seemed, to learn the craft, hone particular pieces, and perhaps, someday, begin the process of submitting to literary journals or editors or agents. That has changed.