Today I’m interviewing Connie B. Dowell, author of “You Can Love Writing”. Enjoy the interview.
Please tell us about yourself.
I tutor undergraduate and graduate students in writing. When I’m not doing that. I like to write and read a lot. I also drink way too much coffee and bake things, like cake.
Tell us about your book.
You Can Love Writing is a starter guide for college level composition. It takes readers through the steps of the writing process while giving strategies to maximize learning and make the writing that students have to do as fun as possible. You Can Love Writing is all about taking charge of your own education so that writing assignments don’t have to feel like a quest not to get it wrong. Instead they can be expressive, enjoyable, and empowering.
What inspired you to write You Can Love Writing?
One of the best parts of tutoring people in writing is watching them gain confidence and start to have fun. One afternoon I was reflecting on a recent tutoring session and thought, Why couldn’t there be a book about that, having fun with the process?
How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?
It varies pretty widely. I work a job in which one week I could get 30 hours of writing time, no problem, but on other weeks none at all. That kind of schedule means I have to plan pretty obsessively. If I procrastinate, I know I won’t have a chance to make it up later. During semesters, I’d guess I average around 8 to 10 hours per week.
If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
It’s almost a cliché at this point, but I would love to meet J.K. Rowling, if only to discuss plotting and worldbuilding. She really pushed her concept and the magical tools she gave the characters to their logical and emotional conclusions.
I’d also love to meet Barbara Tuchman, though I would need a time machine to do so, as she has passed on. I’d love to chat research with her. She had such an impressive body of work (nonfiction history, for those unfamiliar with her) covering vastly different time periods.
If I can push the boundaries of author a bit into screenwriter and filmmaker, I would make my final pick Mel Brooks. There’s a zillion writing/comedy related questions I could ask, but also I think just chatting and having lunch with him would be education enough.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m busy on the first draft of a young adult historical mystery. It focuses on Southern suffragists. The research is intense but a whole lot of fun. I hope to have the first book in the series out next spring.
About the Book
Author: Connie B. Dowell
Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational
How would you like to
- perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
- compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
- teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck
all while doing your homework?
Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.
Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?
Connie B. Dowell is a writing center coordinator and freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She lives in Virginia with her husband, where they both consume far more coffee than is probably wise.
Twitter at @ConnieBDowell
Facebook at facebook.com/editorcbdowell
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