5 Keys to Success for Aspiring Writers (Not) to Follow

Today's post is inspired by an award-winning fantasy and science fiction author I interviewed during my cross-country road trip, Michael Swanwick. For a time in the early 2000's he played a character online by the name of "Unca Mike," who took a different approach to writing advice: Most writing columns offer sound and useful advice …

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A Creative Writer Braves the Inauguration

This is not a post about politics. It is about a creative writer struggling to maintain an art-committed life. The story begins with a trip to the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama. I was one of approximately 500,000 people to make my way to Washington, D.C.'s National Mall Monday to witness the ceremony. I …

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Kudos to the Artist’s Road Commenters of 2012

The Artist's Road is, at its heart, a conversation with its readers. It draws its strength from the quality and depth of its comments, left by thoughtful, reflective commenters. I am continually amazed at the wisdom left there; I love that my blog posts allow me to learn from my readers. So I'd like to …

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MFA Nugget: An Entire Residency in One Tasty Bite

You may have been following along with me as I blogged from my fourth MFA in Writing residency at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. If you read every post--I'm looking at you, PJ Reece!--then feel free to move on. If you weren't tuning in every day, here's a recap: CRAFT AND OBSERVATION …

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MFA Nugget: What I Learned at My Fourth Residency

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA -- So I'm back home from my MFA in Writing residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. My car is covered in that opaque sludge that comes from splashbacks of snow and road salt, but I'm going to leave it that way for a few days as a reminder of where I've …

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MFA Nugget: Lessons From My Failed Residency Workshop

MONTPELIER, VERMONT -- This post is an attempt to find some positives in an otherwise not-so-pleasant workshop experience here at my MFA in Writing residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Here is a list of things I promise not to do next summer, at my final residency: I will remember to say something …

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MFA Nugget: The Writer’s Persona in Essays and Blog Posts

MONTPELIER, VERMONT -- To what extent is the "I" a writer puts down the page truly that writer? It's a question that has long vexed personal essayists, in particular since Michel de Montaigne went about as far as any writer could in examining every aspect of himself in his prose. Vermont College of Fine Arts …

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