Announcing a New Writing Contest (Over $400 in Prizes)

The Write Practice Writing Contest

Today, we’re officially opening the The Write Practice Writing Contest, our first official writing contest in over two years.

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.

Our Five Favorite Books on Writing

5 Favorite Books on Writing

A few days ago, I asked our readers what their all-time favorite book on writing was. I heard back from dozens of writers. Many of the favorite writing books I had heard of, but their were a few books I didn’t recognize and had to add to my (long) list of books to read. By the end, I compiled a […]

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

I’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, since I’ve written a short story, and I’m feeling out of practice. I’m figuring out how to write a short story all over again.

Contractions List: When To Use and When To Avoid

Contractions List

I had a conversation with a fellow writer recently about contractions, when they’re appropriate to use and when they should be avoided.

But first, what are contractions? Is there a contractions list?

What I Mean When I Say I Am A Writer

What I Mean When I Say I Am A Writer

I’m beginning a long season of travel. Yesterday, I got home from California, where I had a few meetings and spent time with family. In July, I’ll be in Portland for World Domination Summit (if you’ll be there, let me know!). In August, there’s Plywood Presents in Atlanta, and the Tribe Writers conference in Nashville, where I’ll be speaking (you should come!).

What this means for me is that I have to explain what I do for a living a lot. It’s not easy, at least for me. I am a writer, yes, but what does that really mean?

72% of Writers Struggle With THIS

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Nearly every day, I hear from writers who are struggling to finish their stories. They tell me they have great ideas, have already finished a few chapters of their book, but they just can’t summon the motivation to finish.

7 Lies About Becoming a Writer That You Probably Believe

lies about becoming a writer

The profession of writing has been around for thousands of years. You would think we would have figured out how to become one by now, right? However, the more you read, the more you realize no one seems to agree on how to become a writer.

Depending on who you listen to, becoming a writer is either the easiest thing in the world (“Just write!”) or a proposition so impossibly difficult that only a combination of talent approaching genius, luck, and years of expensive training (i.e. “Get an MFA!”) can turn your writerly dream into reality.

How to Become a Writer: 3 Simple Steps

That's me, Joe Bunting, and I'm a full-time writer. Photo by Carly Jean.

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?

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

If you’re reading this, then you want to be a better writer. However, becoming a better writer is elusive, isn’t it? It’s more art than science. There are hundreds of writing rules, thousands of words to know, and millions of possible ways you could write even a simple message.

How do you become a better writer when writing itself is so complicated?

This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life

This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life

I’m sure this never happens to you, but there are times when I don’t feel very creative. We just had a new baby, our second, bought a house, our first, and are now busy managing a thousand new details. All the busywork and bill paying leaves me feeling pretty dry.

But no matter how un-creative I’m feeling, there’s one creative writing exercise that never fails to fire up my writing.