June 12, 2021

The Writing Shed

I’ve been struggling to write. I’ve tried writing before going to work, but I’m a night owl by nature. Besides, in the morning my head is anticipating what I’ll have to deal with when I […]
June 6, 2020

Discovered: Bram Stoker’s Research for Dracula

The London Library has discovered fascinating evidence of the research books Bram Stoker drew inspiration from during his seven-year writing of Dracula. I confess to being a little surprised by his scholarly approach and to […]
August 1, 2019

The 4-Weekend Novel

Theoretically, it’s possible to write either before or after working your day job. In reality, I find it incredibly hard to switch between the two different mind sets within the same day if I’m rough […]
April 25, 2012

What is Tsarpunk? Interview with Leigh Bardugo

Lia Keyes: Okay, Leigh, so what IS Tsarpunk? Leigh Bardugo: We can be frank with one another, yes? We’ve known each other, lo, these many seconds, shared a few vowels. All right then, I’ll give […]
September 4, 2011

The Key to Writing a Fast First Draft: The Breakout Premise

Maybe you’re one of those divinely inspired Mozartian writers who take dictation from a higher power, but most of the rest of us have to spend some time on preparation in order to write a […]
August 20, 2011

Social Media: Writer’s Aid or Addiction?

Those of you who connect with me on social networks know I’ve maintained a very active online presence for some years, but I recently had a moment of clarity about the impact it was having […]
August 4, 2011

How A Novel-in-Verse Amps Up Emotional Insight

Can the novel-in-verse do something traditional prose novels can’t?
July 29, 2011

Finding the Heart in Your Story

Today’s VCFA guest post is by Pam Watts: I decided to be a writer after some minor success with my first book when I was seven. I took a year off from college ten years […]
July 28, 2011

Reading As A Writer

Today’s guest post is by Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA graduate, Carmela Martino: Most writers I know are avid readers. I have been for as long as I can remember. I read so much […]
July 27, 2011

How Food Can Fortify Your Fantasy

Guest post by JoAnn Early Macken: I took part in a memorable Vermont College of Fine Arts workshop led by Marion Dane Bauer and Norma Fox Mazer. A tip I heard during a manuscript critique […]
July 26, 2011

Props for Emotion: The Objective Correlative Unveiled

Today’s guest post is from Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA graduate C. M. McCarthy: In an episode of Family Guy, main character Peter responds to someone calling him a “degenerate” with the following line: “A […]
July 25, 2011

Time to Punk-Rock with Plot: Discovering Alternative Plot Types

Today I’m very proud to be kicking off a week of guest posts by graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Art’s MFA. First up is Ingrid Sundberg: “We can all agree that Aristotle is the […]