The Beginning, The Middle, The (Let’s Not Talk About The End)


A few days ago, I finished watching Netflix’s newest miniseries 13 Reasons Why, based on the book written by Jay Asher, and it has left me pondering. Because the story ends on a cliffhanger, I am left with so many questions. But I am also wondering something else: Why is 13 Reasons Why such a sensitive subject? For centuries, there’s been stories told about characters who deal with depression and...

“Write What You Know” Is the Worst Advice for Writers, and Here’s Why

I was fifteen years old when I took my first workshop classes in verse (poetry), fiction and playwriting. Poetry was always my strong suit. I’ve always enjoyed playing with alliteration, slant rhymes and creating metaphors are my guilty pleasure. When it came to my other two workshop classes – fiction and playwriting – I would always struggle. My character development was weak; I had no idea how...