Why We Changed The Write Practice’s Website
As you may have noticed, we’ve made several major changes to The Write Practice’s website.
This is the beginning of a new season for The Write Practice, and I’m so excited to tell you about what we’re doing to help make your life as a writer easier and more meaningful.
Let me show you what we’ve been up to.
Why We Changed The Write Practice’s Website
For more than a year, I’ve been wanting to do a better job telling our story. When people asked what I do for work, I had a hard time explaining all the projects I’m involved in.
This new website redesign is the result of many months of hard thinking about who we are as an organization and how we serve the world.
In 2010, I started The Write Practice as a blog to help people get better at writing through deliberate practice. However, five years later, I was still calling The Write Practice a blog, but that didn’t fit what we’ve become.
Because the truth is The Write Practice isn’t just a blog anymore. We’ve become an organization with many different resources to help people at each stage of their writing journey, and since that first post in July 2010, we’ve helped over six million people in their journeys as writers.
How do we help people?
- The Write Practice Blog. Here on The Write Practice blog, we offer daily articles and exercises, all free, to help people get inspired, learn new techniques, and put them to practice immediately, getting feedback on their writing in the comments section.
- Writing Tutorials. For people who want to go deeper into one area of writing, we’ve created four free writing tutorials on English grammar, writing short stories, characterization, and interviewing.
- Becoming Writer. In 2015, we created a premium community called Becoming Writer, which gives people accountability to finish their writing projects, invites them into a community of fellow writers to get encouragement and feedback on their writing projects, and then connects them with literary magazines who can publish their best writing. (By the way, we have exciting news coming soon about this community!)
- Story Cartel. When you finish a book, we want to be able to continue to support you. The publishing and marketing process isn’t easy, and that’s why we created Story Cartel in 2012. Reviews are one of the first things you to do to market your book, and Story Cartel connects you to a community of readers to get those reviews.
No matter what stage you are in your writing journey, we have resources to help. The way the site was designed before, though, didn’t reflect the variety of things we’ve made to help writers.
So What’s Different on The Write Practice?
We’ll continue to have daily lessons and exercises on The Write Practice. Don’t worry, that’s not going to change any time soon.
But to show off all the cool things we’re doing, we’ve changed the homepage to better tell our story. Take a look at the new homepage here.
It was important to me to make things as simple as possible, and I did my best to tell our entire story as an organization in just three paragraphs. How did I do?
You can also find four free writing tutorials at the bottom of the homepage to help you go deeper into one area of the writing process. We hope to create more of these soon!
When you want to get to the blog from the homepage, just click the “Read The Write Practice” button. You can also click “Articles” in the top navigation menu bar.
Speaking of the navigation menu at the top of the site, we’ve made a lot of changes there as well. My number one goal is always simplicity, but in the past I’ve left out a lot of great resources to serve that aim. In the new navigation menu, we’ve tried to combine simplicity with a ease-of-navigation, creating dropdowns with our best books and resources so you can easily find all of our resources in one place.
Let Me Know What You Think!
If you’re reading this, you’re part of our community. I’m really glad you’re here! Let us know what you think in the comments (and then get back to writing!).
Are you doing a good job of telling your story as a writer? In this redesign, I worked hard to tell our story in just three short paragraphs. With that in mind, for today’s practice you have two different options:
- Introduce yourself as a writer in just three paragraphs. Tell your story of how you became a writer what kind of writing you do in three paragraphs.
- Summarize your book or story in just three paragraphs. Tell your entire story, novel, or book in just three paragraphs.
What do you think? Can you do it?
Post your three paragraph story in the comments when you’re finished. And if you post, be sure to give feedback to your fellow writers.
Have fun and happy writing!