No matter what we write, we can learn a lot from poets. Knowing how to make the most out of every word, how to find rhythm in language, and how to convey a point with subtlety and poignancy is a talent we should all aspire to.
When I discover powerful writers who are also teachers, I’ll admit that I always get a bit excited and my questions jump out of my mouth rapid fire. Being a talented wordsmith doesn’t always mean an individual can explain the process of writing to another, and that’s why I’m excited to present the following interview with Solveig Eggerz, which is full of bite-sized takeaways for writers across any genre.
So many people say they’ve always wanted to write a book, but only a fraction of these people actually do so. The hard thing to discover is that after the passion and drive, the determination, the desperation, and the belief in your story, once you hit the last page, you aren’t actually close to being done.
It’s in the editing process that stories are spit-polished to a shine, and this week’s interview with author David Kazzie is packed with advice to bring out the best in your work.
The diversity of a single writer sometimes blows me away. Sometimes we have this idea that writers have a single genre that they write within, a genre in which they excel and that must be their favorite. And then you discover writers like Kristina Wright, accomplished erotica writer, romance writer, and mommy blogger.
Editing doesn’t just mean proper comma placement. Revision allows for a new examination of clarity, content, and a shift of perspective. Today’s interview with Osita Iroegbu dives into these complicated issues that are essential for every writer to consider to be true to their subject matter, thoughtful about the surrounding world, and to elevate the conversation at hand.
Osita Iroegbu, a first generation Nigerian-American, is a community advocate, educator and communications professional. She previously worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper as a general assignment reporter and at Legal Times weekly news magazine where she covered lobbying on Capitol Hill. She spent time as a public relations practitioner at Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Virginia State University where her work included speech writing, media relations, and community engagement. She also taught and co-instructed mass communication classes at Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Osita, a Richmond native, is currently a PhD candidate in VCU’s Media, Art, and Text doctoral program where she researches the intersection of media, race/class/gender, health, and social justice. She is co-founder of the African Community Network, a nonprofit organization providing resources and services to African individuals and families in the Greater Metro Richmond area, and founder of the Little Princesses Mentoring Program, which links girls living in underserved communities with positive women in college. She occasionally writes editorial pieces for the Times-Dispatch as a guest columnist and has a newly-found affinity for Afrofuturistic literature and art. More
Meeting talented storytellers from around the globe is especially fascinating to me because of the natural kinship that’s always there among writers. We are solitary in our work, but our struggles are universal—finding authenticity in our characters and our words, stretching constantly toward that finish line that often feels so far away.
When I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nicholas Angel as he was traveling through the United States doing authenticity research on an upcoming novel, I not only appreciated his cultural thoughtfulness but also his clear dedication to his craft.
Before an artist tackles a project, often there is the vision of what it will become. Whether it will be a novel, a symphony, or a masterpiece on canvas depends purely on one’s creative inclination.
I have such an admiration for the work of Lila Quintero Weaver, who joins me for today’s interview, not only because of her talent as both an author and an illustrator, but also because of the complex subject matter she tackles. Her vision spans multiple mediums, and the end result is thought-provoking.
When we think of professional writers, perhaps we think of authors or journalists. Screenwriters, playwrights, and poets might come to mind—maybe even copywriters or bloggers. However, among the topics of today’s interview is writing that is at once unexpected and right under our noses: the text of games.
As a fantasy novelist, a co-author, and a game writer, Harry Heckel is not only a busy man, but he is a man of many talents. No matter what you write, the advice he shares in the following interview is worth a read if you want to up your game—literally or figuratively.
Journalists and non-fiction authors have challenges that fiction writers don’t. This isn’t to say one form is easier than the other—novelists have their fair share of complications to overcome—but there is something stoic about pushing yourself to get every last detail correct, no matter how long it takes. Perhaps even pushing yourself to tell a story that the world needs to hear.
Author Kristen Green was struck by a story like this, one she knew she had to tell and one we’re all so glad she did. I’m truly honored that she’s joining me to talk about her editing process.
Kristen Green is the author of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, published by Harper in 2015 to critical acclaim. The book made the Notable Nonfiction list at the Washington Post, which called it “a gift to a new generation of readers.” Something Must Be Done was selected as an editors’ choice at the New York Times, which deemed it “essential reading.” More
As writers, many of us dream of that mentor who will teach us and support us, enabling our writing to enter the next level of professionalism and skill. If you’ve ever had that thought, today’s interview with YA author and biographer Léna Roy might make you jealous. Why? Because Léna Roy’s mentor was her grandmother, Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time.
Now, as a gifted writer and teacher herself, Léna continues this mentoring work with students. I’m overjoyed that she joined me for this interview.