It’s that time of the year again -National Novel Writing Month! Writing 50,000 words of a new novel within just 30 days is no easy task and participating writers are bound to have a mental breakdown or two in the process. So when that does happen, take a deep breath, and practice these 5 steps that are sure to get you back on track!
1. Take advantage of what the online writing community has to offer.
Even if you enjoy working independently, the support of other writers could be very helpful along the way. The NaNoWriMo website features forums where writers can share their
On October 19th, Southern New Hampshire University was honored to have local poet, Nathan Graziano, read off some of his work. Those who attended were delighted and impressed. He shared quite a few poems from his new book: “My Next Bad Decision” which highlighted his own personal mistakes and other such moments. He pleased students and teachers alike with reading such poems as “The Drunkest I’ve Ever Been” and “Confessions of a Recovering Crier.” Prior to his reading, I sent out an email asking for the opportunity to interview him.
THe Hampshire Institute of Art will offer significant scholarships to both Poetry Out Loud teachers and their competition-winning students.
“NHIA initially established the Poetry Out Loud Scholarship in 2014-2015 as a way to celebrate New Hampshire high school students who appreciate poetry and creative writing and who aren’t afraid to stand in front of their communities to convey the power of creative imagery,” said Bob Gielow, Vice President of Enrollment Services at NHIA.
Sy Montgomery talks about her research and inspiration behind The Soul of an Octopus.
By Lisa Allard
Every writer needs to find some source of inspiration to spark their writing. For author and naturalist Sy Montgomery, animals are her main source of inspiration. She has even been called “Part Emily Dickinson, part Indiana Jones” by the Boston Globe.
Sy Montgomery has published many books for both children and adults that required extensive research into various species. Her newest book, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness, is receiving a lot
Books to Fall Into: 10 New Releases from Local Authors
By Lisa Allard
Fall is here, and it’s time to say goodbye to those beach reads. As the nights grow cooler and the leaves begin to change, there is no better time than autumn to pick up a new book. We have a lot to look forward to this season, so I have compiled a list of 10 books by New Hampshire authors perfect for leisure reading or book group discussions. Here’s to a season filled with lots of reading!
In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town
By Richard Adams Carey
A quiet New England town is shattered by violence- and
We’ve all been there, jogging down the middle of No-Words Lane. The blank page rises up to swallow us whole. How do we break it? How does one defeat this inferior dam obstructing the magical flow of inspiration?
How do we overcome writer’s block?
That’s what I’m here for. I’ve collected my own top ten ways I have become victor against the deadline. To throw a little spice on top of it all, I promise originality to come out of this. Come on, we’re creative writers, we don’t do boring. Anyways, on with the list!
The time has come to give creative nonfiction some credit. Even the most forgotten of genres deserve their time in the spotlight. So let’s hear it for creative nonfiction!
What is creative nonfiction? It’s the truth. Nonfiction writers have stumbled across a new way to tell the facts. Yet it’s shocking for some to consider that creative nonfiction only started getting popular. In essence, this form of writing is reality told with sensation.
Bestselling author Lisa Gardner answers readers’ questions and shares her best secrets on writing crime fiction
By Lisa Allard
Everybody loves detective novels for their ability to keep you guessing. But what exactly is required to craft the perfect mystery novel? Since psychological thrillers that promise endless twists and turns are Lisa Gardner’s forte, I decided she would be the perfect candidate to interview.
With over 22 million books in print across the world, Lisa Gardner is a force to be reckoned with. She has written three crime fiction series, the Detective D.D.
Banned books week began in 1982, taking up the days between September 27th and October 3rd. This was meant to draw focus on the dramatic increase of challenged books. To this day, over 11,300 books have been challenged.
“Sexually explicit,” contained “offensive language,” and “unsuited to age group” are the top three reasons why written materials are challenged and potentially banned. Even with these conventions now being stretched, there are still blank pages within our societal book.