In the latest episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head,” you’ll get to know Jessica Strawser, a local author, and hear about her thriller novel “Almost Missed You.” The podcast, hosted by the Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence, Kurt Dinan, focuses on writing, reading, and creativity. Jessica discusses how she meets publishing deadlines while working full time as Editor-In-Chief for Writer’s Digest and raising kids. Her book, “Almost Missed You” is an emotional thriller about a young family with many secrets, and the turmoil that ensues when the husband abducts the child while on a family vacation.
Not everyone can come to the novel writing workshops I’ve been running, so I thought it would be helpful to post the PowerPoints I use during those presentations. Not all of the slides will make sense without my brilliant explanations (hardee, har, har), but I think there are helpful things here for any writer. As always, feel free to email any questions you may have. Workshop 1 – So You’ve Lost Your Mind and Have Decided to Write a Novel Workshop 2 – Plotting vs. Pantsing: How to (Maybe) Outline a Novel Workshop 3
1. Rust forms quickly. Most writers will tell you to write everyday, and it’s good advice. Know why? Because if you don’t, you lose the momentum and the words. I was on a roll with my current novel when I ended up in the hospital. Then I didn’t write for almost eight weeks. When I finally had the energy to get back to my novel, it took me another two weeks of struggling to get back into it because I had to rediscover the narrator’s voice and I even struggled with vocabulary. So if
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away. Writer-in-Residence Kurt Dinan interviews his cousin, Kim Dinan, about how her love of travel led to her new book, “The Yellow Envelope.” Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
So long story short–On Sunday, March 26th, was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. I spent the next week in ICU, came home for a week, went back to the hospital for another bunch of days, came home for a day, then went back in for a quick procedure. To this day, they still don’t know what caused the initial problem. Basically, I’m the worst episode of House ever, an no, it’s not lupus, because “it’s never lupus.” In my forty-five years, I’ve never been sick and never been in the hospital,
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the April 1, May 6, and June 3 workshops with Kurt Dinan have been cancelled.
Get to know author John Mantooth in this fourth episode of our podcast, “Inside the Writer’s Head.” The podcast, hosted by the Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence, Kurt Dinan, focuses on writing, reading, and creativity. John, who also writes under the name Hank Early, spent much of his youth in the mountains of North Georgia and now lives in central Alabama with his wife and two kids. He writes mostly about crime. His book “Heaven’s Crooked Finger” was his first novel. As John Mantooth, he’s also published “Shoebox Train Wreck” and “The Year of the Storm.”
In this third episode of the new season of our podcast, The Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence, Kurt Dinan, continues talking writing, reading, and creativity. Kurt interviews fellow Young Adult author Mindy McGinnis. She is an Edgar Award-winning author (The Female of the Species, A Madness So Discreet, Not a Drop to Drink, etc.), blogger (Writer, Writer Pants on Fire), and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion. Listen as Kurt and Mindy discuss writing, honing the craft, finding inspiration, learning from mistakes,
In my January writing workshop held down at the Main Branch, we did a lot of brainstorming exercises, which not only help with starting a novel, but with writer’s block. For those of you who couldn’t attend, here’s a link to my PowerPoint presentation and some of the tips shared with the group: 1. Brainstorm a Set Number. We have to start here, because while this is pretty basic, before you brainstorm anything, set a number of acceptable responses. The number you set should hurt a little because the best ideas you come up
When I started writing back in 2006, I wrote horror short stories. I suppose that was mostly because of Stephen King. I’d devoured all of his collections and novels since high school, so it felt natural to try that. Over the course of a half-dozen years, I had some decent success selling short stories, and met a lot of other horror writers who became my friends and taught me a lot about the publishing world. Eventually though, I got tired of writing short stories and wanted to try a novel. The obvious progression was