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This week I read:
– The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
– The Writer’s Notebook II from Tin House
– The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo
– The Epic of Gilgamesh by Some Old Dead Guy, Translated by John Harris
– Medea by Euripides
Hi, my name is Becky Renner. I am a high school creative writing teacher. I just finished the first draft of my novel last month. It’s a YA mystery novel that centers around two teenagers who investigate a 75-year old murder that changed a famous family’s destiny. That novel is called The Illustrious Ashcrofts. I’m planning to submit it to agents in October.
Continue reading ➞ What I’m Reading – May 20th, 2016
Rebecca Renner’s debut collection of high octane literary fiction includes 8 stories:
– “Drift,” A truck driver unwillingly helps cover up a toxic spill outside Daytona Beach.
– “Everything’s New,” a pair of hurricane Katrina evacuees deals with friction from their interracial marriage.
– “The Rescue Club,” Shipwreck victims find themselves changed after reliving their trauma.
– “Elizabeth, Elizabeth,” The husband of a mentally ill woman comes to terms with a difficult choice regarding her treatment.
– “Sweet Water,” An unlovable Texan woman tries to woo a local invalid by teaching him how to swim.
– “The Nonquitt Key,” A do-nothing celebrity discovers his parents’ infidelity and just can’t deal with it.
– “Ekundayo,” A senator’s son gets wrapped up in violence in Africa.
– “Cathode Ray Gods,” A novella set in a violent future, “Cathode Ray Gods,” depicts the personal toll fighters endure to be famous. Is fame worth it?
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In this short collection of six essays, I go over the basics of fiction writing with a spice of humor. You can read it in one sitting!
Those same essays are also available for free on my website:
A Layman’s Guide to Storytelling
Writing Dynamic Characters
The Story Behind Your Character
Why I Hate the Letter Y and Other Character Naming Pitfalls
Write Better Dialogue
A Protist’s Guide to Titling
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As a teacher, I’ve come to learn the meaning of the phrase “burnt out.” Wake up at six, be in the classroom by seven – the bell rings at 7:25. I don’t slow down until 3, and sometimes I even work longer. Reading papers, making tests, grading essays. An English teacher’s work never stops. The thing is – this wasn’t the career I planned for. I wanted to be a writer. But as my days teaching progressed into weeks and months, I realized that the free-time fairy wasn’t planning a visit anytime soon. Even on winter vacation, I had an unending list of things to do. How?
I needed to reassess my priorities. In other words:
Don’t find time, make it.
I tried a few things that didn’t work.
- I woke up at 4:00 AM, as a professor of mine recommended. Then I promptly fell back to sleep.
- I wrote during my lunch break at work. While this wasn’t the Holy Grail, I did start making progress.
- I drank COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF CAFFEINE! REDBULL!
- What really helped was focus after school. I cooked all of my meals, did my chores, and ran my errands on Sunday. This left time for me to go full-on hermit-mode every day after school until I finished my first draft.
Continue reading ➞ Finding Time for Writing