Why Blogging Is Good for You


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By Nancy Holder

There is a secret at the end of this blog post.

Over the years that I’ve been teaching, I’ve found that the most difficult skill for most students to develop is revising.  Revision means to take what you’ve got, give it a long, hard look, and then to see it a different way—to re-envision it.

This is not the same as editing your work. That means to make changes to what’s already on the page. Shifting the point of view from first to third is an editorial change. Rewriting the material so that the protagonist becomes a secondary character and the antagonist becomes the protagonist is a revision.

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Giving Thanks to the Stonecoast Faculty Blog Readers

As writers, we have much to be thankful for this holiday season.  In fact, November is National Novel Writing Month, a month-long competition to write a 50,000-word (175 page) novel, and Stonecoasters across the country are partaking in the challenge.  Last month, the U.S. Senate passed a bill officially designating October 20th as the National Day on Writing to “draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.”

Here at the Stonecoast Faculty Blog, we are celebrating three months of thoughtful and engaging posts from faculty, across all genres: fiction, popular fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.  Faculty have written about topics such as judging and being judged, the writer behind the mask, the gift of rejection, the Stonecoast community during and outside of residencies, and more.

So now it’s your turn!  As readers of the Stonecoast Faculty blog, what are the topics you would like discussed?  What insights would you like to have shared from faculty?  Are there any specific questions you would like to have answered?  Do you have thoughts on the posts we’ve shared thus far and/or direction for future posts?

In the comments below, please share your thoughts and opinions about anything and everything related to the Stonecoast Faculty Blog.  We look forward to hearing from you!

And from the both of us, and all of the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA Program for Creative Writing, thank you for reading.

Stacy Thompson F/CNF ’12 and Ashley Johnson F ’12
Stonecoast Faculty Blog