Author Interview with Taylor Byas

Taylor is a black, fun-sized Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in English and a Master's in English, Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She is now a second year Creative Writing PhD student and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati. Her work appears, or … Continue reading Author Interview with Taylor Byas

Diving In: Writing and How to Get Started

I read so many pieces of writing advice about planning your work, plotting and figuring out each chapter before you begin but I would like to propose just diving in. Some of my best work has been a blind journey into a world where there is no clear plot or outcome from the beginning, and … Continue reading Diving In: Writing and How to Get Started

Breaking The Rules

Poet and short story author, Alison Lock, talks to us today about the process of writing short stories and breaking the rules. 'In contemporary fiction, technique is, on the whole, more self-conscious than ever before.' - John Gardner in The Art of Fiction. I would argue that this self-consciousness is more evident in the short story, … Continue reading Breaking The Rules

Short Story Publications

This is just a short post with some news, written mainly because of several messages I have had from people about short story writing.  I am hearing from an increasing number of authors who enjoy writing novels, but feel intimidated by short stories, or worry that the form is so different that it would be … Continue reading Short Story Publications

How You Can Use Your Reading Experience to Shape Your Writing

I was asked to write a guest blog post on Marianne Wheelaghan's writing blog which is full of useful writing tips. She teaches creative writing classes at http://www.writingclasses.co.uk and is the author of two books. I would recommend reading some of her articles and getting to know her on twitter and on the blog.  My post is … Continue reading How You Can Use Your Reading Experience to Shape Your Writing