Articles by Neina

The Artists’ Predicament

September 3, 2015

Americans, in particular, are eager to marry one’s identity with her profession or job, and seem to prefer thinking of any pursuit outside of one’s job as a hobby. The writer dreams that eventually, though it may take years, she will break through and be able to support herself as a writer. But even if this doesn’t happen, she is not less of a writer and would never identify her pursuit as a hobby. Keep in mind: Toni Morrison worked at Howard University and was raising two kids when she wrote The Bluest Eye. [...]

Fact and Fiction

April 15, 2015

My sister recently told me, when she browses for books, she will almost always select a nonfiction title over a fiction one. I’m a fiction writer, so she was compelled to justify her choice:“Fiction isn’t real.” [...]

Retreat & Kick-Start Your Writing Routine

February 21, 2015

The electric thrum of a city, a natural landscape, the ineffable quality of a song, memory, sunlight, a deep ache, a blissful encounter—what draws you to pick up your pen, reach for the keyboard, or whatever device, and start writing? And then how do you keep writing when that initial inspiration [...]

The Hardest Thing About Writing

January 21, 2015

“Writing the first sentence. Writing the last sentence. Keeping a good flow going while writing.” ~4th Year Salem College Writing Student Writing is a complex endeavor; to engage a reader we must first engage ourselves—our imagination, feelings, thinking, and ultimately our will. A [...]