I’m working on a list of questions I am often asked about writing and publishing and will build this section up gradually. (Subscribe using the follow button at the bottom of the site to get updates when new content is added.)
Should I get an MFA?
Applying to MFA programs is a stressful, rigorous, expensive process, but it’s worth it for the right person and program. This is such a complex question that I wrote up an entire article on the subject. Here are some factors to consider before subjecting yourself to application season…
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I write something else! I always have several projects going on at once, so if I hit a dead end with one, I just change gears. A lot of times, that means changing genres, which helps me a lot.
Also, I remind myself that it’s just a draft. Usually “writer’s block” is jut me being a perfectionist. I know what I want to say, I just don’t know how best to say it yet.
The bottom line is that I don’t stop writing. That’s the worst thing you can do. You have to keep the momentum going.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
If there’s one piece of advice I would give all aspiring writers, it’s to read as much as you can. I learned a lot from completing an MFA program, but you don’t need a degree in writing in order to write well. You just need to read. A lot. Cancel your cable service and use that money to buy books. Then use the time you would have spent watching TV to actually read the books. Read for pleasure, but if you like what you’re reading, slow down and think about what makes it work.
Check out the Reading resource page for more tips.