Losing My Revision

Losing My Revision

That’s me in the corner. That’s me in the spotlight, losing my revision. It took me a full year to screw up the courage to begin–again–to revise my novel manuscript. But I did begin.  I set a goal: March 22, the pub date of Matt Bell’s revision book,...
Teacher as Practitioner

Teacher as Practitioner

My thoughts drift, more and more, to the next thing. 2022. What will Studio Friend be in its second year? I’ve had lots of ideas. One thing I’ve never lacked for is ideas. But the task at hand requires that I shift, eventually, from what appears to be an entire solar...
The Gardener and the Florist

The Gardener and the Florist

Think of your writing practice as a garden. You have some say in how the flowers grow. You plot the general size and shape of the beds. You plant seeds that are suited to the climate and the season. You choose a location with the appropriate exposure to sunlight. You...
Refuse to be Done

Refuse to be Done

For our final installment of Revision Month, I’m thrilled to share a conversation about revision I had with Matt Bell, whose breakout novel Appleseed* comes out next month. Lately, I’ve been readings lots of what I’d call “trenchant literary historical fiction”...