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Posted on April 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (14)

This post started in 2015, at around our 6 month aniversary. It was originally titled, "Husbands Are the Best." And while Seth is still the best, our family and my writing career have both expanded, and so I would like to share with you a little bit more of what I have learned in balancing creative work and our crazy life. 

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Why NaNoWriMo?

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would let you know why I am planning on participating in NaNoWriMo, and let you tell me why you are (or aren't). 

It seems the writing community is a little divided on the issue, with lots of writers praising the contest, and an almost equal ammount snubbing their noses at it. It does make sense. All first drafts ...

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Fall Submissions

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Fellow Poets!

If you have been following along with the #365daysofpoetry challenge, you are probably knee deep in drafts of poetry. I have put together a list of magazines and journals that you can submit to this Fall. If you don't submit any poems, at least read some of these journals so that you can...

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If Manuscript Proposals Freak You Out, This Post is for You.

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Last spring, I took Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction (eek!) which was fun, and stressful, and a huge learning curve. I had never written more than seventeen pages in succession before. Before me stood the daunting task of writing a 100 page novella. Eighteen year old me had know idea what she had gotten herself into (even though the profes...

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Interview with Hugh Cook

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hugh Cook is one of the speakers at this year’s Festival of Faith and Writing. He is the author of four books, Heron River, At Home in Alfalfa, The Hom...

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World Lit

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 I am in World Literature this semester, and we just finished reading part of Svetlana Alexievich's book, Voices from Chernobyl. Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, and has written a number of books in this same style, which she calls a 'novel of voices.' She interviews people who were affected by disasters such a...

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I Have Been Published: Paragon 18, 19, & 20!

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (2)


I have now been published  three times in Paragon, Colorado Christian University's literary and art journal! I think is a huge accomplishment, and I have been working towards that goal. Below is the first poem that was publishe...

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Festival of Faith and Writing

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I went to the Festival of Faith and Writing for the first time in 2016, and absolutely loved it! The CCU English Department traveled (mostly) together, and I it was awesome to get to know my professors and fellow English majors better over the course of the weekend.The weekend was incredible, and as Dave Harrity put it, a bit like drinking out of a fire hose.

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Round vs. Flat Characters

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We have been studying round and flat Characters in class. One of the things that makes a character round instead of flat is that character's depth, and their abilities to surprise us in convincing ways. The discussion led me to the question, "Are people basically good, bad, or shades of both?" I haven't  complet...

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Writing Group

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the end of the third week of the semester. The third week!

This week, I was put in a writing group. In my group are two girls, whom I believe are seniors. I am so excited to get to work with them, especially since they are each working on their second novels! They have both written one before, and are (I believe) writing the sequal to their previous novels. So, I am ...

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Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)



This post first appeared on my website http://www.alexandriamaxwellwrites.com, as a part of my Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction class that I was attending. The pictures I’ve used for this post’s graphics are from a family trip to Viet Nam in 2012.



Zeitgeist means “the spirit of the time...

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