Why Do You Write?

January is a month of miracles. Despite the ubiquitous bitter cold and with spring still weeks away, this month is nevertheless able to engender a sense of renewal and growth. It is a time for introspection, hope, cleansing, and new … Continue reading

Time Well Spent

I asked Chanta Combs to share a bit about her experience with Around the Writer’s Table these last few months. In this week’s blog, she reflects on her internship with us and why it became so much more than a straightforward … Continue reading

Believe in Your Creative Journey

While writing can be perplexing, intricate, and intense, it is a beautiful, enriching journey that will provide—in and of itself—the strength you need to develop your authentic voice. The world seems to measure us exclusively on our outcomes, what we … Continue reading

A Brave New World

Assessing your work and acknowledging areas for growth will create new frontiers for your craft and, more importantly, an authentic existence as an author. You have been pouring your heart and soul onto the page, traveling through distant lands, exploring … Continue reading

Imitation & Ingenuity

Emulating and mirroring other authors’ techniques will build your creative muscle and illuminate your writing process. In recent weeks, we have encouraged you to create silence and listen to your inner voice. Perhaps, this quiet introspection has led you outside … Continue reading

Calming the Inner Disquiet

Restlessness is a fundamental ingredient of the creative process. Embrace it in order to understand your full artistic potential. Carpe Diem! In 1989, actor Robin Williams starred in The Dead Poet’s Society. As you may recall, this film centered on … Continue reading

Silence Is Golden

If noise clutters your mind, you will produce shallow writing. Create silence and empower your authentic voice. As you enter the room, you immediately feel its aching potential. The neutral walls yearn for color, texture, or art—anything to animate the … Continue reading

Show, Don’t Tell

by Sam “SR” Staley Perhaps no advice has been more instrumental in improving the quality of my fiction than embracing the mantra “Show, Don’t Tell.” I don’t think I fully understood its importance until my second novel was published (which … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Appraise to Improve and Grow

You must appraise your work. Appraising isn’t cold-hearted criticism. It is the effort you make to turn your raw ideas into elaborated beauty. Appraising is your duty. Appraising our work is an uncomfortable phase of the creation cycle, but it is … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Work, Appraise, Complete

When a thing is not done, continuing to work on it is the strength. When it is done, the strength lies in stopping. Work, appraise, complete; work, appraise, complete: this is the creative life. The creative life and the writing … Continue reading