“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
—Louis L’Amour

Book Deadline Challenge: Week 3 Update

Book Deadline Challenge Week 3 Update

Three weeks ago, I accepted a challenge to finish my book by September 2, and if I miss my deadline, I have to give $1,000 to the presidential candidate I despise. I’m three weeks into the challenge, and I’ve finished nine chapters so far for a total of 42,000 words.

It wasn’t hard to finish nine chapters, since I started the challenge with a little less than 30,000 words already written. However, since then I’ve written about 12,000 words, or about 600 per day.

Let’s go a little deeper to see what is working and what isn’t.

Celebrating Our 5th Anniversary With a Huge Giveaway

5th Anniversary Giveaway

Today is The Write Practice’s fifth anniversary!

That’s pretty crazy to think about. Five years ago, The Write Practice was just a budding site, one little writing blog trying to make a space for itself on the internet. Since then, we’ve grown into a thriving community full of amazing writers who come back day after day to share our writing practice and support each other.

The truth is, The Write Practice wouldn’t be what it is today without you. So to celebrate turning five, I want to say, THANK YOU.

And what better way to say “Thank you!” than with a giveaway?

5 Productivity Hacks for Creative Writers

I’ve written six books. I’ve published hundreds of articles. I’ve finished poems, essays, newspaper columns, and more. However, when it comes to procrastination, I struggle as much as any writer.

Announcing Our 5th Anniversary Writing Contest

5th Anniversary Writing Contest

We’re so excited to celebrate The Write Practice’s fifth anniversary! We started the party last week by launching our newest book, How to Win a Writing Contest.

But it gets better! We’re not only sharing with you our best writing contest resources. We’re giving you an opportunity to put them to use right away.

That’s right—today, we’re opening the 5th Anniversary Writing Contest!

The Secret to Winning a Writing Contest

The Secret to Winning a Writing Contest

In this post, I want to share a secret I’ve learned about how to win a writing contest. Plus, I published a new book yesterday all about how to get the most out of writing contests (and I want to give it to you for free).

Flash Giveaway: Our Fun Writing Toolkit

Flash Giveaway: A Fun Writing Toolkit

This Friday, we’ve got an awesome surprise for you: a flash giveaway!

We love to share awesome stuff with our community, so today, we’re giving you a chance to win some fun writing tools.

Hurry, though—the giveaway ends tonight!

P.S. You may want to write a short story sooner than you think. Next week, we’ll be announcing an exciting reason for you to sit down and write.

Get prepared by entering this giveaway for our story writing toolkit now!

5 Essential Questions Every Writer Should Ask Themselves

5 Essential Questions for Every Writer

I often hear the same questions from writers, questions like, “How do I make a living as a writer?” or, “How do I write a bestselling book?”

These are the wrong questions, and that’s a huge problem because I believe the questions you ask yourself can change your mindset and how you approach your writing.

What are the right questions? In this article, I’m going to share the five essential questions every writer should ask themselves.

Top 100 Short Story Ideas

100 Top Short Story Ideas

Do you want to write but just need a great story idea? Or perhaps you have too many ideas and can’t choose the best one? Well, good news. We’ve got you covered. Below are one hundred short story ideas for all your favorite genres. You can use them as writing prompts for writing contests, for stories to publish in literary magazines, or just for fun!

Get started writing with one of these short story ideas today.

Announcing Our Spring Writing Contest

Becoming Writer Spring Writing Contest

Today, we’re officially opening the BW Spring Writing Contest! Here at Becoming Writer, we’re all about exceptional writing contests, and we’re excited to share what makes this one special. In general, writing contests offer motivation to write and prizes for the winners. But we know we can do more. What if a writing contest didn’t just ask you to write a winning piece, but helped you to grow as a writer along the way?

Stop Feeling Like an Imposter


Do you ever feel like a writing imposter? Like you’re just faking this writing thing, waiting for everyone to figure out you have no idea what you’re doing? I challenged my friend, author S.J. Henderson, to write a poem a few days ago. She took me up on my challenge, wrote a poem, and it turned out beautifully. […]