Some writers are great. Others are good. While every writer dreams of becoming the next PEN/Faulkner winner, the recipient of the Pulitzer or the focus of NPR podcasts (or all of the above) we need to face the facts. Many writers can make a living with the business of writing. Only few writers make a … Continue reading What Happens If You’re Not Good Enough?
Writing groups are not for the faint of heart. They are the Hunger Games of reclusive wordsmiths: you put your life out for everyone to tear apart and once the dust settles, you see what part of you survived—if any. While gruesome, writing groups are also incredibly worthwhile and rewarding if you know how to … Continue reading How To Make The Most of Your Writing Group
Recently, I tried to pick up a book to read by a writer of color. A few pages in, I got sick to my stomach and had to put it down. I found myself being hypercritical, close-minded and angry. At first, I couldn’t quite figure out why. Then, I realized that as I read this … Continue reading Pride and POC Prejudice: How Bad Experiences Keep Us From Reading POC