From the team: What we look for in a nonfiction piece

24 September 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

When you submit nonfiction writing to Barnstorm, a diligent team of real-life experts reviews your work—first alone, hunched over their laptops, then together, huddled around pizza and/or beer. These are...


First Lines and Last Words

21 April 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

First impressions matter when it comes to the way that a reader—or for that matter, an editor— enters a poem. If I am reading for pleasure, I decide whether to...


Writing Objects and Images in Fiction

07 April 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

Writing objects and images through the eyes and mind of a character can revolutionize a piece of fiction, opening up an emotional depth and connection to characters for the reader,...


I Went to AWP and All I Got Was Some Great Advice

24 March 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

AWP, or Association of Writers and Writing Programs, is the hottest conference for writer nerds like me. In a non-pandemic world, this annual conference would be hosted in a sexy...


How Microfiction Could Transform Social Media

10 March 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

I’ll be level with you from the get-go: social media and I don’t get along. Beyond the avatars we create or the companies behind our screens collecting and brokering our...


Fiction Writers—Go Make Some Short Things!

24 February 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

When I find the idea of writing long pieces really daunting—and I don’t mean novels, or even novellas; I mean short stories, totaling fifteen pages or so—I like to transition...


Ritualizing Rejections

10 February 2021 on Blog, Storystorm

During the full moon in Leo, on the 28th of January, I wrote down the name of every literary magazine that rejected me on tiny pieces of paper. I then...


Poetry While Driving

03 December 2020 on Storystorm

What are you listening to while you drive? There are long drives ahead of many of us this holiday season as we retreat to our quarantine dens and visit the...


How Writing By Hand Could Change Your Creative Process

05 November 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I write all my first drafts by hand. Pencil--a sassy little Muji mechanical sweetheart that only takes soft 0.5 lead. And paper--notebooks of all shapes and sizes, lined, unlined, free...


“Pop” Poetry?

22 October 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

An hour spent browsing the display at Barnes & Noble helps me get a pulse on the current literary scene. Unlike used bookstores, my preferred place to shop for books,...


What’s Your Process? Fiction Readers Respond

07 October 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

One of my favorite parts of an MFA program is getting to know other writers on a more nuanced level--beyond interpersonal interactions or their work alone. I get to know...


The Value of Sad Stories

23 September 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I grew up in a laughing house. Granted, it was sometimes a yelling house, or a screaming house, or a crying house – but the important thing was, my family...

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