Wednesday, May 4, 2011


This page is dedicated to my English students and to any aspiring writers out there looking for career or professional advice. There is a lot of information on the web, and I am going to be organizing and sifting out what I have found to be the most helpful sources. In addition to offering career information for English majors, I will be posting course materials, such as syllabi and essay instructions. Suggestions, additions, and comments are warmly welcomed. Email me.

My Two Cents (Because You Didn't Ask for It)

To all writers, I am posting the following snippet of advice to my homepage because it is vital to your career. It's something that a wise professor once told me, and although simple and obvious, you need to hear it...again...and again...and again.

Keep Writing. That's it. Write! Write! Write! Even if you don't have readers, even if you're tired, even if you're busy, even if you don't feel like it. Just do it. As Malcolm Gladwell explains in Outliers, it takes approximately 10,000 hours to master any complex skill, and writing is a complex skill. So get to it. Write that novel. And then write another novel...and another...and another...