The Writing Life …

Many academics (myself, included) write both nonfiction (generally in the form of scholarly articles requiring research) and also fiction, poetry, and other creative works (that may still require research, but not necessarily ready access to the sources being used.) I have been asked on occasion, “what’s the difference between your scholarly and creative writing processes?” I think the answer to that question can best be summed up in two photographs:


Nonfiction/ scholarly / research Work-in-Progress

nonfiction WIP


Fiction / creative Work-in-Progress

fiction WIP


How about you? What does your works-in-progress desk typically look like?


About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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