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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.

Junk Food for the Writer’s Soul

Junk Food for the Writer's Soul

Sometimes writing can be so difficult, so terrifying, you experience a shaky, out-of-control feeling. You might be tempted to shut down that flow of energy and regain your sense of control.

We all do this. It’s like junk food for a writer’s soul.

Let me explain.

Why Everyone Needs a Cat Nap—Especially Writers

Why Everyone Needs a Cat Nap—Especially Writers

I had trouble concentrating today when I sat down to write. I couldn’t seem to focus on the details of my story. I tried to finish the article that is due at the end of today, but I didn’t have any energy, the words were stuck in my brain. I needed help. I needed a nap. A cat nap.

The Complete Guide to Italicization

The Complete Italicization Guide

Some time ago, we published a post on italicization in album and song titles. And then Joe sent me a screengrab of a Google search with general italicization questions, so we’re going whole-hog and attempting to write an all-inclusive complete guide to italicization: when you do and when you don’t. We’ve covered italicization in song titles and album titles already, so we’re moving on from there.

Photo Prompt

Woman Writing Prompt

Spark your creativity with today’s photo prompt.

Anthropomorphic: Definition and Examples for Writers

Anthropomorphic

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.

The Ideal Schedule to Become a More Productive Writer

The Productive Writer

I assume it was a typo. It should have been “The early bird gets the word.” Why? Because writers who want to be more productive need to start getting up earlier.

Now, before the night owls start hooting at me, let me make my case—a very unscientific and highly personal one.

4 Secrets from Taylor Swift on Writing a Book

Taylor Swift On Writing a Book

Somehow I missed the Taylor Swift bandwagon in 2008. But this year, I hopped on for good. Whether you’re a hater or a fan, Taylor Swift is clearly doing something right. It’s funny how much sense her songs make when we, as writers, substitute “writing a book” for the references of love and men.

With that in mind, let’s look at what Taylor Swift can teach us about writing a book.

3 Ways to Get Your Next Story Idea

3 Ways to Get Your Next Story Idea

Story ideas often come to us almost out of thin air—whether from an overheard conversation in a coffee shop, or just a random thought that pops into your head in the shower. But other times, you’re ready to write a new story and all that you’ve got is the blank page in front of you.

That’s okay! There’s a number of tried and true methods to jumpstart your brain and draw those ideas out. Here are my three go-tos:

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.