MFA Notes: Creating Compassion for Unlikable Characters

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Quick Notes: How to Create Compassion for Unlikable Characters Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to …

Blackout Poetry: Combat Action Badge

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This poem/post will probably be a little more controversial than most Blackout poetry posts. That’s because it involves Combat Action Badges, and the current debate regarding them, and when/how/if/under what circumstances they should be awarded. My position on this is somewhat unique, though I know I’m not alone… This article originally appeared in the Army Times and was over whether …

5 Rules for Vegan Camping

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The five things you need to keep in mind while camping as a vegan. As the days finally grow cooler, and the trees begin to change, there’s no better time to go camping then in late August or September. And there’s no better place to go camping then right here in New England. From the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the …

Blackout Poetry: Veteran Suicides

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In case you’re not familiar with Blackout Poetry, Blackout Poetry is the act of creating poems by blacking out words that appear in newspaper articles (or books, but typically newspaper articles). I was inspired to give it a shot after being introduced to it by Austin Kleon. I’ve got a six month subscription to The Army Times and I’ll be …

MFA Notes: The Art of Juxtaposition

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Quick Notes: The Art of Juxtaposition in Creative Writing Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to …

MFA Notes: Dialogue Across Genres

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Quick Notes: the importance of narrative dialogue Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to re-read and …

MFA Notes: The Inspiration and Imperative of Place

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Quick notes: the inspiration and imperative of place in creative writing Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces …

MFA Notes – Journalistic Imperative

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MFA Notes from Lesley University What does it take to be a journalist? Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my …

How to Be a Stand up Comedian

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It starts with an awkward silence.  All eyes are glued to you as you walk to the stage; the littlest misstep and you’ll never live it down.  The second that your foot hits the stage, you take a deep breath, sweat drips down your brow and your palms freeze.  Stepping up the microphone you exhale and tell yourself that you’ve …