Five Reasons Why The DIY MFA Book Is a Must-Read for Writers

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While I love a good book on the craft of writing, I wouldn’t normally say that such a book would be one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Gabriela Pereira’s DIY MFA, however, is a exception – and perhaps biasedly so. I’ve been a staff writer at DIY MFA’s website since November 2014. So, not only have I been eagerly awaiting the book’s release ever since Gabriela broke the news to us, but I also agree with her philosophy and the concepts she presents.

Last month, the DIY MFA Book was published last month by Writer’s Digest. I’ve had a chance to read it, and I’m thrilled to say it surpassed my expectations. Writing a review for a writing reference book, however, is different than writing one for fiction. I don’t want to spoil too many of the insights that Gabriela shares. Instead, I’ll give Five Reasons Why The DIY MFA Book Is a Must-Read for Writers. Then, if you like the sounds of it, you can fully immerse yourself in the DIY MFA learning experience. Ready?

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Chronicling The Craft: 95,000 Words

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Chapters Completed: 23

Chapters In Progress: 6

Chapters Not Started: 5

“Chronicling The Craft” is an article series where I share my experience with writing my current work-in-progress (WIP), which is a fantasy novel. Every 5,000 words, I let readers know what I’ve accomplished since the previous article and share advice, discoveries, techniques, etc. Besides the word count in each article title, a “chapter ticker” at the top also tracks my progress as I use the skip-around / “writercopter” method to write the novel. Today’s installment celebrates the book reaching 95,000 words in length.

Wow! Apart from my writing vacations the past two Septembers, this has to be the shortest span of time between Chronicles. (“Chronicling The Craft: 90,000 Words” was posted on Sunday, November 2.) I haven’t had many non-writing plans recently, though, so I was able to dedicate ample weekend time to novel-writing. That likely won’t be the case for the rest of the month – or year – with the upcoming holidays and all the preparations I’ll need to make (shopping, baking, etc.). Better to take advantage of free time while it’s available, right?

Here’s what happened with the novel over the past couple weeks:  Continue reading