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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.

When the Real World Intrudes on Your Story

When the Real World Intrudes on Your Story

Remember The Brady Bunch? It was a show before my time, but I was an avid Nick at Nite watcher in my teenage years, so I became very familiar with The Brady Bunch, Three’s Company, and Happy Days.

I watched the Brady Bunch movies of the 90s, and sometimes dreamed of being Marcia Brady (although I had a crush on Peter pre-fro), but apparently there was an additional member of the Brady clan who never showed their face on the episodes that I watched.

His name was Cousin Oliver, and he ruined The Brady Bunch.

How Everyday Objects Can Help You Write Better Stories

How Everyday Objects Can Help You Write Better Stories

In my last post I talked about the writer’s retreat I attended recently taught by Wild author Cheryl Strayed. I learned so much about writing stories from hearing her speak, including how to lean into subjectivity, and I plan to share as much with you as possible.

Today’s Lesson from Cheryl Strayed: How to use everyday objects to imbue your stories with meaning.

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…

4 Storytelling Techniques Stolen From TV

4 Storytelling Techniques Stolen from TV

I’ve discovered that no matter what so-called good writers say, if you want to write a good and commercial novel, there’s nothing more important than structure.

Here are four more crucial storytelling techniques I’ve learned from the fast and formulaic world of television.

3 Reasons to Write About the Worst Experience of Your Life

3 Reasons to Write About the Worst Experiences of Your Life

It’s been proven in many scientific studies that we, as writers, are significantly healthier emotionally than the general population. Why is that? Because we write about the hard things of life. We write about the things that haunt others’ souls. We write about our pain, share our torment. We write about the worst experiences of our lives.

While the rest of the world let’s their agony steep, we write.

5 Ways to Change the World with Your Writing

5 Ways to Change the World with Your Writing

Why are we here? I mean, have you really ever thought about it? Not in a passing way, like what you are going to get at the grocery store tonight, but in a deep earth-shattering way?

I have been thinking about it and I have this feeling that we aren’t hapless creations put on the earth to eat, talk, and die. I feel like we were put here for a purpose, to make it better. We are here to change the world.

The 12 Highs and Lows of Revising Your Manuscript

Manuscript Revision

As if writing a complete draft for a novel wasn’t hard enough—now you have to go back and face what you’ve created. No matter how seasoned a writer you are, the revision process is an emotional roller coaster, full of extreme and sometimes unexpected highs and lows. It’s enough to drive an author crazy. Why […]

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, […]

11 Writing Tips That Will Change Your Life

11 Writing Tips That Will Change Your Life

There seems to be two different camps regarding the writing process. One adheres to a strict regime of rules to achieve success: you must write everyday, you must show your work to others, you must produce X amount of pages in X amount of time. The other camp seems to believe in no rules: do whatever you want, whenever you want.