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  1. Write in a Way That Scares You a Little: Holley Gerth

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    April 22, 2013 by Nichole Eck

    This quote is especially poignant as I’m preparing to submit a personal essay to several literary journals for publication. The …
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  2. Seared with Scars: Kahlil Gibran [Motivation Monday]

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    April 15, 2013 by Nichole Eck

    There are several reasons to write characters with substantial, heartbreaking flaws. I’ll discuss a few more in another post soon, …
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  3. Don’t Squirrel Your Ideas Away!

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    April 11, 2013 by Nichole Eck

    I know it’s tempting. You want to spend years reworking and rewriting and rethinking that one great idea you had …
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  4. The Scariest Moment—Stephen King [Motivation Monday]

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    April 8, 2013 by Nichole Eck

    I’m experiencing this terrifying moment with a novel concept I’ve been developing for about a month. I’ve written character backstories, …
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  5. Iconic: From a Cathedral Wall

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    April 4, 2013 by Nichole Eck

    She is wearing her headscarf, and she is alone. So she is come to pray this morning. Come to light …
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  6. Waiting for Perfection—Margaret Atwood [Motivation Monday]

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    April 1, 2013 by Nichole Eck

    Let me introduce you, if you haven’t met already, to one of creativity’s most feared and lethal predators: the inner …
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  7. My Life and Life of Pi: a.k.a. that book over there by the drinking fountain with the tiger on it

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    March 27, 2013 by Nichole Eck

    For the record, there is no good way to phrase that subtitle without a misplaced modifier in it somewhere, so …
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