Monthly Archives: February 2014

Avoiding Genre Fixation


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Although most institutions of higher learning teach students to write literary fiction, there is no denying the appeal of genre fiction writing.

I used to write genre fiction all the time. Somewhere along the way, I felt trapped by the constraints and stopped writing myself into a corner. Sometimes I miss it.

What do I mean by constraints? When writing fiction for a particular genre, you might feel the need to alter your ideas to fit the mold. For example, if you have a historical fiction novel that you want to revise into a fantasy novel, you might want to add elves, dragons, or magic. As a result, your second draft would bear little to no resemblance to your first draft.

Where’s the fun in that?

I’m telling you to avoid genre fixation. Write what you want to write without worrying about genre. That way, you can write without fear of not quite fitting into the mold. Writing isn’t just about following the rules.

At the end of the day, it’s the story that counts.

How do you feel about genre fiction?

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Finding Time to Write


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As a full-time student and part-time tutor, I understand how difficult it can be to carve out time to write in your daily routine.There’s no denying that everyday writing is essential to improving your craft. Practice makes perfect, after all.

Sometimes it seems as though they’re aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything finished. It may feel like there’s no time left to dedicate to art.

Let me tell you a secret: you always have time.

Even when it feels like the walls are closing in on you, you can make the time to write.

The key is learning to write in small sips as well as big swallows. 

Most people don’t have a solid hour or two to dedicate solely to writing. And that’s okay. It’s perfectly fine.

But if we can make time to catch up on social media, television shows, and video games, surely we should be able to save some room for our writing.

When it comes to working on a project, everything counts. Whether you spend five minutes on your piece or five hours, celebrate daily progress. Reward yourself for reaching milestones. Go easy on yourself.

Where do you find time in your schedule to write? How could you make more time for writing?

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Lovely Links 02.02.14 – 02.08.14


The first post of every month is going to be dedicated to extraordinary links I’ve gathered from various places on the Internet. Most of the links will have but one thing in common: they will be related to reading or writing. Other than that, who knows? Here’s what we’ve got this week:

What do you think about these links? Let me know in the comments and follow this blog for more great writing tips, tricks, and resources!