On Writing

The Writer and the Human Inside (Writing for an Audience and Being True to Yourself)

I have found that I can be a bit of a shapeshifter. Not like a werewolf, but a shifter of personality depending on the people I am around. Like an actor, or a party-goer with many different masks, I can change. Sometimes it is evident in the things I say, or don't say. Sometimes the… Continue reading The Writer and the Human Inside (Writing for an Audience and Being True to Yourself)

On Writing

Raise the Stakes High (Making Readers Care and Building More Tension into Your Novel)

Have you ever quit reading a book part way through? I have a few times. It happens for varying reasons, but most likely, I think it comes down to finding yourself thinking Who Cares? My need to know what happens is so low that it is not worth the remaining 200 pages of this novel. The last… Continue reading Raise the Stakes High (Making Readers Care and Building More Tension into Your Novel)

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Diversity and the White Writer (Intentionality, A Diverse Cast, and Writing What You Know)

I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on diversity for a large essay I am writing on Diversity in the Language Arts classroom. As I’ve been writing, I have been thinking a lot about how this relates to writing, my own fiction and the novels I read. You don’t have to look too far… Continue reading Diversity and the White Writer (Intentionality, A Diverse Cast, and Writing What You Know)

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Masculinity and Pop Culture (Why Feminism is Only One Side of the Coin)

When not writing and thinking about writing, I am often found at my day job, teaching high schoolers. I often have music playing in the background in my classroom, music ranging from soundtracks to pop to metal. The other day a Lorde song came on, and one of my female students joked, “You listen to… Continue reading Masculinity and Pop Culture (Why Feminism is Only One Side of the Coin)