Terrytown's Library

Terrytown's Library
Raised in Terrytown, Louisiana

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Looking Forward to First Residency

In a little less than three weeks I will be in Tampa Florida participating in my first residency for the University of Tampa's Masters of Fine Arts Program.  I'm so excited.  I have a lot of reading to finish, classmates stories, published stories and essays.  And, of course I'm also writing short stories.  I'm trying to come up with ideas for this fiction writing contest and I hope to have my story ready by the deadline.

One of the stories I've enjoyed reading is Russell Banks Story called Sarah Cole.  It was more enjoyable the second time I've read it.  I'm looking into internships at literary magazines and truly hoping that I can be one of the MFA students interning for the Tampa Review online literary magazine called TRONline.  Wish me luck.

This week's writing prompt: Set a story in a place where someone, a church member, a classmate, etc. is being honored.  At my church, one of the deacons was being honored for 25 years of service to the church.  Happy writing.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Maeve Binchy's quote is such an inspiration to me.  "Something happens to the main character at the start and we follow her or him dealing with it, or not dealing it, or ignoring it, or making it worse." I'm writing my assignments for my Masters of Fine Arts program and that has really helped me get my writing done. If the character has something happen to her or him in the beginning, then the character can use the rest of the story to fix it or struggle to fix it.

Getting accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program has given me a confidence in my writing that I have to hold onto.  I'm writing more than I've ever written and I'm taking the advice of my favorite writers.  My favorite way to come up with ideas is through first sentences.  But, it isn't always easy to come up with a first sentence.  So, I use Maeve Binchy's quote and I ask what happened.  Asking what happened inspires a quote and gets me excited, once again, to be writing fiction.

I'm learning that I can push myself and that I can deliver finished short stories.  I have to tell myself that I can add to my accomplishments and I will.  I just have to keep believing in myself and be persistent and of course pray to God every night and every morning.