I Am Brilliant

I reread some old writing of mine this morning. It’s an old ur-novel I wrote between 2006 and 2009. It’s brilliant–it’s complex, it’s funny, it’s beautiful, it’s sad. Why did I deny it for so long as garbage, and why did I deny myself in the process as nothing more than a failure? Continue reading “I Am Brilliant”

Writing Groups



As a writer these twenty or so years, I’ve been in a lot of writing groups. From Moraine Valley community college courses to Illinois State ENG 300 senior courses, from hanging with herds of artsy nerds at libraries and coffee shops on the west side to meeting with nervous and passionate would-be writers at the college-alt classes I took at Story Studio on the north side, I’ve collected here all of my wisdom to tell you about the three elements that make up a great writing group–guts, head, and heart. Continue reading “Writing Groups”