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Does Taking a Break Mean You’re a Lazy Failure?

17 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

This past weekend, I was going to be super productive. I was going to revise an old story, draft the first few pages of a new one, write this blog...

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The Deadline Dilemma

10 October 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

I work best on a deadline. When I’m feeling charitable, I tell myself it’s the journalist in me. Years of working under pressure, all those late nights in the newsroom....

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Entering the World of Poetry: The Lines that Changed Me

02 October 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

In my poetry form and technique class we were discussing the lines that changed us, that made us into writers. This conversation stemmed from reading Light the Dark edited by Joe...

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Putting Pen to Page

19 September 2019 on Blog, Storystorm

Sometimes, the most difficult part of writing is simply getting yourself to write. It’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed by “real life,” to tell yourself that you’ll start working...

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Out with a Bang

03 May 2019 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Two of Barnstorm’s poetry readers are graduating from the MFA program this spring; before they head out, Milo and Morgan took the time to share their thoughts on the evolution...

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AWP 2019: I’ll Show You

26 April 2019 on Storystorm

At my first AWP conference, I attended a panel titled “Unrealism: The True Art of Fantastic Fiction,” and I listened reverently as Carmen Maria Machado discussed the origin of her...

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Being Around People Who Get It

19 April 2019 on Blog, Nonfiction, Storystorm

En route to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, I ran into a writer at the airport who I knew from my past life as a newspaper reporter....

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AWP: I didn’t do everything

12 April 2019 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Remember:this is just one seaon one beach on oneplanet in onesolar system in onegalaxy. After thatthe scale increases, sothis is not the last word,and nothing else is talking back.It’s a...

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Spooling Heart onto the Page

29 March 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

Maybe it’s ironic that the absence of a weakness I identify in my personal life is itself a weakness in my stories. What do I mean by that? I’ve long...

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Throwing the Orange

08 March 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

Recently I read the short story collection Refund by Karen Bender. Her stories awakened something in me: I could finally make my characters do things! It sounds ridiculous, but I...

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The Thing I Call “Inspiration”

08 February 2019 on Fiction, Storystorm

I used to think that to be a writer, I have to be creative—to have a well of stories singing within me, to have dreams that will create either chaos...

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What Do We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions?

01 February 2019 on Nonfiction, Storystorm

We don’t read creative nonfiction just to be informed — we also want to be moved. All our readers have wonderfully distinct perspectives, and all are moved by different elements...

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