June 12, 2021

The Writing Shed

I’ve been struggling to write. You know how it goes… your day job drains your brain cells until there’s nothing left at the end of the day to give to your book. I’ve tried writing […]
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 […]