How to Write More Complex Rural Characters

I got rid of my southern Indiana accent on purpose. My father pronounces “iron” like “arn” and “Italian” like “eye-talian,” but as a child, I understood on a deep level that his accent was wrong in some way. The characters I admired on TV didn’t talk that way. Most of the characters who spoke like my… Continue reading How to Write More Complex Rural Characters

Is A Rural Life Right For You? 4 Questions To Answer Honestly

I recently went back to Indiana to visit my family. It was weird being back in the boonies. Good weird, but also so different than the D.C. area. For two nights, I stayed at my aunt's house tucked between two corn fields. When I went to bed, I noticed my aunt left all the windows… Continue reading Is A Rural Life Right For You? 4 Questions To Answer Honestly

20+ Resources for Rural Writers and Creative Types

Are you a rural creative type but need help figuring out what resources are at your fingertips? Have you heard that you should attend a residency or a workshop but have no clue where to find one? Does the idea of getting funded for your craft sound like a pipe dream? You're in the right… Continue reading 20+ Resources for Rural Writers and Creative Types

How To Convince Yourself to Take the First Step—Even From the Boonies

I know you've heard it a thousand times: "The first step is the hardest." But it's true. Even making the decision to try is the most difficult part. And I don't mean telling yourself that someday you'll give your creative pursuit a go. I mean driving along the highway one day and deciding, with determination,… Continue reading How To Convince Yourself to Take the First Step—Even From the Boonies