Category Archives: The Writer’s Life

I want to make a comeback

When I started The Early Draft in 2010, the point was to free myself to write whatever I wanted. It was an exercise in not worrying that the writing was perfect or publication-ready. I wanted to blog because I don’t … Continue reading

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Is the MFA Worth It?: Guest blog by Message from a Blue Jay Author Faye Rapoport DesPres!

Message from a Blue Jay was written one chapter at a time, starting in the early days at Solstice when I started practicing the personal essay form. Slowly, over the two-year period of my studies, I began building a body of work I could be proud of. Still, the essay collection that became my final Creative Thesis was not the end of the road – not by far. Continue reading

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Baton Blog Hopping: Hey, it’s Cindy’s turn.

Any author who has developed a distinct voice makes his or her work different. Once you have found a voice as a writer, no one else sounds like you. Continue reading

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The Ping Pong of the Writer’s Life: Beat Me Up, Then Publish My Book!

A friend of mine, I don’t know if she wants to be mentioned in my blog, once described the writer’s life as that of the action of a yo-yo: the rejections, the acceptances, the near-acceptances, and everything in between, sometimes … Continue reading

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