What I Do When I’m Not Writing

By Brian Kaufman Introduced to a new coworker recently, “What do you do for fun?” I explained that I write. Since I write textbooks for a living, my new friend pressed me for a different answer. “No, not work. What do you do for fun?” I write. “You don’t spend every moment of every dayContinue reading “What I Do When I’m Not Writing”

Thoughts on The Myth of The Great American Novel

By Brian Kaufman Ask a published writer about a lottery-ticket sort of dream, and some will mention a best-seller. Others, a movie contract. For some, writing the Great American Novel tops the list.I know more than one writer with that secret goal. One of them might be me.

Stepping Lightly Between The Shoe Drops

By Miranda Birt We’re more than halfway through this year and man, what a ride. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, but let’s be honest—2020 just *bleeping* chucked a Payless off a cliff. While we’ve all been ducking boat shoes and dodging stilettos (some more successfully than others), it’s got me thinking aboutContinue reading “Stepping Lightly Between The Shoe Drops”

THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BOOK

BY JC LYNNE Originally posted May 07, 2020 (Cue cheerful and 50s uptempo music.) Did you ever stop to think about the many kinds of living things in the world around us? There are plants and animals. On the land, in the air, and in the water, we are surrounded by LIFE. And it’s thatContinue reading “THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BOOK”

THE SOLITARY ENDEAVOR

  By Brian Kaufman Originally posted April 16, 2020 I belong to two critique groups. Because of stay-at-home orders, both groups have switched to online meetings via Zoom. For years, one group’s meetings included a member in Portland, thanks to Facetime. We’d pass the cell phone around the table when sharing our feedback. So, I’mContinue reading “THE SOLITARY ENDEAVOR”

THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

By David E. Sharp Originally posted April 08, 2020 I tend to crave isolation until I get it. Suddenly, I find myself wondering what the rest of the world is doing out there, how are people fairing during quarantine, ruptured routines, and in some cases, significant upheavals. Some folks work from home. Others hope toContinue reading “THE BELLY OF THE BEAST”

CHANGES IN STORE FOR NCW

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted April 01, 2020 There has been some confusion lately about the mission of the Northern Colorado Writers. Despite our motto, “helping writers navigate their way to success,” there are some who have taken to social media promoting NCW as a politically conservative organization. WRITE, RIGHT, RITE: THEY SOUND ALIKE, BUTContinue reading “CHANGES IN STORE FOR NCW”

WRITERS DARWINISM

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted March 06, 2020 I’m sitting at the airport waiting to board my first of four work trips this month. As I look around, so many people are sniffling, coughing, and blowing their noses. I wonder how many people have coronavirus. Probably all of them. I know for sure the coworkersContinue reading “WRITERS DARWINISM”

WE CAN ALL BE POETS, EVEN IF WE CAN’T ALL, LIKE, BE POETS

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted February 20, 2020 I liked poetry in high school. Loved it, even. In that time and place, the only people who got enthusiastic about poetry were the English teachers, and even some of them weren’t keen. These were the days before being a nerd was cool. Kids my age wereContinue reading “WE CAN ALL BE POETS, EVEN IF WE CAN’T ALL, LIKE, BE POETS”

USING SYMBOLISM

BY BRIAN KAUFMAN Originally posted February 13, 2020 You are likely familiar with narrative arc (the path that characters take within a story’s plot) and character arc (the changes characters undergo throughout the story). But you may not be familiar with symbolic arc—the evolving use of a recurring symbol in fiction. I first encountered thisContinue reading “USING SYMBOLISM”