Obsessions, a Writing Technique

Recently, I heard somebody talk about how writers have “obsessions.” That is, things that writers personally are interested in or fascinated by that appear throughout their writing. This person noted that writers often lean into their obsessions to improve their writing in some facet or another.

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Book Review: May Day by Gretchen Marquette

Overview

May Day is an intimate examination of the narrator’s life. Gretchen Marquette takes events in her life, finds the larger, abstract part of the human condition the event relates to, and focuses on big issues that all humans can relate to like love and loss.

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Book Review: Tula by Chris Santiago

Overview

Tula by Chris Santiago largely focuses on the ideas of sound and Santiago’s family and heritage. It begins by framing this narrative with a poem describing a scene when Santiago’s son stabbed his cochlea with a pencil.

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Motivation: How to Write More

Motivation is a fickle thing when writing. Sometimes it comes and (more often) it doesn’t. But motivation is necessary in order to write (you need to be motivated to do something in order to do it). Likewise, inspiration is often a key component in motivation, but inspiration concurring with motivation is rare indeed.

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Alex Arts: My Main Character

This is something I’ve been working on for a while in random bursts. I had done something like this before, but this time, I wanted it to be more significant to me. And it happened that I had a sketch of an outline of the main character in my main writing project that was perfect for this. The contrast in this image does not show up great against the light backdrop of my blog, but a lot of the essence is still here, I think.

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