I recently read an article in the Guardian that was so wild, so novelesque, that I thought it would make the perfect writing prompt. Here’s the gist: When a first-time author is “cyberbullied” on Goodreads by a book reviewer with a reputation for hurting authors’ reputations, she becomes obsessed with finding out the reviewers true identity.
In July 2011, I started The Write Practice, a blog to help people become better writers through deliberate practice. I could only imagine what it would look like three years later, the incredible contributors and, most of all, the amazing community of talented writers that it’s become.
Today, we’re publishing our 1,000th article on The Write Practice, and we’re giving away over $550 worth of free stuff to show our deep gratitude to this community.
Honestly, throughout most of high school and college, I was a mediocre essay writer. Every once in a while, I would write a really good essay, but mostly I skated by with B’s and A-minuses. I know personally how boring writing an essay can be, and also, how hard it can be to write a good one.
However, toward the end of my time as a student, I made a breakthrough. I figured out how to not only write a great essay, I learned how to have fun while doing it.
That’s right. Fun.
Last night, I came to the realization that I don’t want to do what I’m doing anymore. I don’t want to be a writer anymore. I don’t want to write books. I don’t want to write this blog. I want to quit.
Out of curiosity, I recently Googled “how to write better.” You should try it. I got a list of great resources that would help any writer. However, as I read each of the articles, something began to gnaw at me. Something was missing in the excellent advice these well-respected writers were giving on how to write better. A core rule had been left out.
This article is about that missing rule.
Yesterday, we learned a great tip for following the essential writing advice, “Show, Don’t Tell.” Today, we’re going to continue to work on showing instead of telling with this writing prompt.
So you need to get a word count for the latest chapter of your novel or an essay assignment for school? Don’t worry, here are three easy-to-use tools to count your words.
If you’re ever stuck trying to figure out what to write about, write about what you want.
How can what you’re writing be more you?
Because in this world it’s so easy to be not you.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the game Telephone? A group of people get in a circle, and one person comes with a silly phrase like, “The Orange Monkey Eats Green Bananas.” Then, the phrase is whispered from one person to the other around the circle. Each person can only say the phrase once and the listener can’t ask clarifying questions, like, “Did you mean Orange Monkey or Oral Moon Sea?” When the last person has to repeat the phrase, it’s inevitably ridiculous, usually something like, “The Horrible Pokemon Seats Green Cabanas.”
People mishear things all the time, and the game telephone proves it. When something is misheard, the resulting word or phrase is called a mondegreen.