Yes, Writing a Book Really Is Like Giving Birth (Plus, an Announcement)

Joe Bunting

On Saturday, April 11 at 6:49 am, my wife gave birth to our second son, Remington Seth Eugene Bunting—or Remy.

Rest in Peace, Pooh Hodges

Rest in Peace Pooh Hodges

Last week, I received news that our friend and regular contributor, Pooh Hodges, passed away.

It is difficult to describe what Pooh meant to me, and to regular readers of The Write Practice, but Pamela asked me to write something in honor of Pooh and so I will do my best.

Jack Kerouac’s 31 Beliefs about Writing

Jack Kerouac Quotes

I came across Jack Kerouac’s list of thirty “Beliefs and Techniques for Modern Prose,” and unsurprisingly, if you’ve read Kerouac, it’s less of a list of techniques and more a poetic riff on the writing life itself.

Some of my favorites are, “Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind,” and (of course), “Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition,” and, “Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven.”

Here’ the full list…

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, […]

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.

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.

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.

Anthropomorphic: Definition and Examples for Writers


In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my two-year old son and I read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. If you’re not a parent, then you may not know just how boring children’s books can be. It’s not that they’re necessarily poorly written but that kids want to read the same ones again and again and again. However, I never mind re-reading Dr. Seuss books, with their tongue-twisting rhymes, chaotic storylines, and anthropomorphic characters.

10 Lessons Dr. Seuss Can Teach Writers

Writing Lessons from Dr. Seuss

In the spring of 1925, a Dartmouth College senior named Theodor Geisel was caught drinking, a serious offense during prohibition. As punishment, he was forced out of his role as editor-in-chief of Dartmouth’s humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. That didn’t stop Geisel from writing, though. He submitted humor stories under a variety of pen names, L. Pasteur, L. Burbank, and, the one he would one day become famous for, Seuss.

Why We Love Fifty Shades of Grey

Why Is Fifty Shades of Grey Popular?

In January 2009, a British TV producer and mother-of-two began writing under the pseudonym “Snowqueen’s Icedragon” after being inspired by the Twilight saga (which, if you’re a regular, you know we have mixed feelings about).

She published her first novel, Master of the Universe, online, which was loosely based on the Twilight characters. In 2011 she decided to self-publish the series, which soon built up enough buzz to be talked about by Fox News and other networks.

In 2012, Random House picked up the series. Since then, the series, now titled Fifty Shades of Grey, has sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the bestselling of all time.