Feedback. We all need it to become better writers, but the task of getting it can be daunting. Who do you ask? Friends? Family? Other writers? It’s terrifying to let someone look at a work you’ve poured your heart and soul into with the expectation that they’re going to point out flaws, but it can also be an addicting need for validation. If, like me, you’ve lived as fiction characters in alternate… Read More
That story draft seems all over the place—so many threads to tie together, but how? Sound familiar? As an adjunct instructor and a writing tutor, one issue I see my students struggle with is focus, and I’ve found that sewing is the best solution for it. Sewing? Yes! Stitching, embroidering, darning—any way to apply a metaphorical needle and thread to your writing to make it finally “come together” in a beautiful tapestry…. Read More
Now, I see zombies all the time. They wash their hair before putting on clean clothes and strong perfume. They appear human, but I see through their illusions. They walk around with their heads down and their hands outstretched, oblivious to the world around them.