Reading for Writers: Guest Post by Leah Merrill

I CAME, I READ, I CONQUERED: READING FOR WRITERS There are two kinds of people in the world: those who enjoyed literature class, and those who despised it with the kind of hatred usually reserved for evil dictators and traffic jams. Both these kinds of people become writers. And if you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard that becoming a better… Read more »

Regional Writing (Guest Blog Post by Leah Merrill)

NOW, WHERE ARE YOU FROM?: CRAFTING PITCH PERFECT REGIONAL WRITING Southern Gothic, rural noir, hello-to-all-that city stories. Every area of the United States has a distinct flavor and a genre all its own. You can learn the tropes by reading the genre, and decide on the narrative structures that best fit your story, but how do you capture the sound… Read more »

Guest Post: Addressing Gender Stereotypes in Fiction

February’s guest post is courtesy of Leah Merrill www.leahmerrillwrites.wordpress.com ***** WOMEN ARE FROM GILEAD, MEN ARE FROM WESTEROS: ADDRESSING GENDER STEREOTYPES IN FICTION I say florist, you say…? I say firefighter, you say…? Chances are, you said “heroine” to the first and “hero” to the second. This is called a subconscious gender bias. Nurturing, “decorative” jobs are assigned to the female… Read more »