Category Archives: Outdated Writing Advice

You Don’t Need a PhD: Things I’ve Learned About Writing from Studying Literature

In some circles you’ll find people who suggest that a literature degree doesn’t offer a good formation for a fiction writer. I’ve not found that to be true at all. Of course you don’t need a PhD, or to have studied English in any formal setting, in order to write well. But I’ve found that my […]

Outdated Writing Advice: Geoffrey de Vinsauf on Beginnings

Geoffrey de Vinsauf was a fan of plotting. He begins his Poetria Nova with a famous analogy between architecture and poetry: Just as the architect envisions the whole building before the first foundation stone is laid, he says, so the poet must spend time contemplating the shape of the finished poem before writing its first […]