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29 Quotes that Explain How to Become a Better Writer

29 Quotes that Explain How to Become a Better Writer

The best way to become a better writer is to write and then to publish your writing, whether you publish it on a blog, in a book, or with a close friend. It’s only by practicing writing, and getting feedback on it, that you can improve. That being said, it never hurts to learn from those who have gone before you, […]

11 Writing Tips That Will Change Your Life

11 Writing Tips That Will Change Your Life

There seems to be two different camps regarding the writing process. One adheres to a strict regime of rules to achieve success: you must write everyday, you must show your work to others, you must produce X amount of pages in X amount of time. The other camp seems to believe in no rules: do whatever you want, whenever you want.

How to Write a Memoir: Cat Talk with Marion Roach Smith

Cat Talk with Marion Roach Smith

For several years I have thought about writing my memoir.  But, I wasn’t really sure how to proceed. Was I supposed to write about every mouse I had ever caught? Do I start my story where I was captured in an alley during a rain storm? I was desperate to find out how to tell my story. Have you […]

When You’re Stuck, Write What You Know

Write What You Know

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I finished watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. The show comes from the mind of Tina Fey, and it reminded me a lot of her previous show, 30 Rock. Both shows share the same sense of humor, and take place in New York City, where Fey spent a significant chunk of her career writing for Saturday Night Live. While UKS takes its storylines and cues from the “fish-out-of-water” line of storytelling, 30 Rock is undeniably right from Fey’s personal experience with SNL.

Tina Fey’s new show is a prime example of a show-runner/writer writing what she knows.

What Cheryl Strayed Taught Me About Writing: Part I

What Cheryl Strayed Taught Me About Writing

This week I am at a five-day writer’s retreat taught by Cheryl Strayed, the author of the critically-acclaimed, Oprah-stamped, book-turned-movie Wild.

If you are a Cheryl fan, then I’m here to tell you that she is as awesome as she appears to be in her book and Dear Sugar advice columns. She’s as engaging a speaker as she is a writer, and her lessons and writing prompts are so inspiring I now have ideas for two new essays and a plan to make my novel stronger.

It’s only been two days, and it’s impossible for me to share everything, but over the next series of posts I’m going to try.

The first lesson I learned from Cheryl Strayed: Lean Into Subjectivity.

How to Win a Writing Contest

How to Win a Writing Contest

Why do people enter writing contests? Some enter to get practice submitting. Others enter to motivate themselves to finish their stories.

But there’s one thing nearly everyone who enters a writing contest wants…

To win.

How to Unlock All Five Senses in Your Writing

How to Unlock the Five Senses in Your Writing

As writers we are especially aware of the five senses. We use the five senses to transport our reader into the scene we are describing. However, I propose, that we are not using the five senses to their full potential. You see, the five senses have a power to connect with our readers in a deep way, at least a deeper way than I previously gave them credit for.

Announcing the Becoming Writer Writing Contest

Becoming Writer Writing Contest

Today, we’re officially opening the BW Writing Contest! But just in case you think you know what a writing contest involves, let me tell you that this is not your average writing contest.

Why Fairy Tales Are Still So Popular

Fairy Tales Popular

Disney released its new live re-telling of its classic fairy tale Cinderella last week to mostly good reviews and high enthusiasm.

This, after we’ve already consumed almost the exact same story in cartoon form for years, read the fairy tale itself, and consumed countless remixes of it, from Ever After to Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister to Pretty Woman to Into the Woods to… you get the point.

And Cinderella is hardly the only tale with this power. Consider how many different ways stories like The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Romeo and Juliet, even Batman have been reinvented over the years.

But why do readers do this? Why do some stories keep readers coming back again and again? How do fairy tales stay popular for so long?

The Publishing Step You’ve Probably Forgotten

The Publishing Step You've Probably Forgotten

Publishing is the most important step to becoming a writer. Writers are people who write things for others, not just for themselves or the benefit of their computer harddrive. If you want to become a writer, you need to publish.

However, besides the actual writing, there’s one step in the publishing process that’s so essential that if you forget it, you’re almost certainly going to have major issues.