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Why You Should Start Your Story with the End

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This guest post is by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta. Elisabeth teaches writing for Harvard Extension School, is the founder of Poetry for Strangers, and the author of two books, The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers and The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell. You can find her at elisabethsharpmcketta.com. Listening to my nearly four-year-old daughter tell a story […]

10 Essential Quotes on Becoming a Writer (plus one of my own)


I first wanted to become a writer because I read those great books (you know the ones: Great Expectations and Harry Potter and Les Miserables and On the Road) and thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do this all day, to spend your afternoons having conversations with interesting characters and dealing with the deep challenges of the soul?”

4 Ways I Deal With Nasty Critiques on My Writing

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No matter how thick our skin is, it’s always tough to hear something negative about our work. We’ve worked so hard on it for so long, made so many edits, and now there’s even more to change. How does our manuscript even remotely resemble the original idea?

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to handle critiques in a more positive way. Here are four of my tips.

7 Questions that Will Transform Your Writing in the New Year

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One of the single most powerful things you can do to improve your writing in the New Year has nothing to do with writing itself.

Below are seven key questions to help you on your way.

What To Do When Your Narrator Knows As Much As God


When you write using the omniscient voice you are essentially speaking from the point of view of God.

Can You Use Whose for Inanimate Objects?

Today, Joe brought my attention to a strange quirk of the English language: we use “whose” for inanimate objects. It sounds so weird when you use the phrase like, “I placed the iPhone whose screen is broken in the bin,” but it’s technically grammatically correct.

Why Your Writing Success Demands T2

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This guest post is by our newest regular contributor, Marcy McKay. Marcy, who has joined us several times before, is the “Energizer Bunny of Writers.” She believes writing is delicious and messy and hard and important. If you’ve ever struggled with your writing, you can download her new and totally FREE book, Writing Naked: One Writer Dares […]

Why Writing Like a Cat Will Make You a Better Writer

Write Like a Cat

I know what it is like to be a cat. Because, I am a cat. I know what is like to eat dry cat food on the floor. I know what it is like to eat grass. I know what it is like to not have any thumbs and wait for someone to open the door or a can of food for me.

Stop Editing Already: When It’s Time to Put Down the Pen and Submit


As I work my way through round five of edits on my first fiction manuscript, I keep asking myself … am I there yet?

And I never quite seem to be. There’s always one more round of edits to address.

How to Become a Writer: 3 Simple Steps

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So you want to become a writer.

Perhaps you write because it makes you feel alive. Perhaps you read a book that made you think, “It must feel amazing to write something like this. Maybe I could be a writer.” Perhaps you feel like you can’t not write.

So then, how do you do it? How do you become a writer?