on writing

15 Writing Habits You Gotta Stop If You Want To Finish That Draft

This is gonna be your year, the year you win NaNoWriMo. There are plenty of hurdles to clear ahead — even with just one week left — including the 15 habits that will kill your NaNoWriMo manuscript dead, as detailed on the list below. Learn to…
By Kristian Wilson

How To Share Your Writing With Others Without Having A Breakdown

There comes a time in every writer's life when they must do the unthinkable: allow someone else to read their writing. It happens to the best of us. Unless you are writing in a private diary, which you then plan to burn in a cleansing bonfire before…
By Charlotte Ahlin

30 Pieces Of Writing Advice From Cheryl Strayed, Toni Morrison, & More

If you’re one of the many writers trying your hand at NaNoWriMo this year, (that’s National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated) then you well know we’re approximately half way through the month of November — and hopefully, you’re well on your…
By E. Ce Miller

Wanna Be An Author? Here's Why You Should Give NaNoWriMo A Shot

I’ve actually lost count of the number of times I’ve "lost" NaNoWriMo For WriMo newbies, that collection of letters stands for National Novel Writing Month, when during month of November, novelist hopefuls commit to writing 1,667 words a day, or…
By E. Ce Miller

If You Don't Like To Outline, Add These 9 Writing Tools To Your Cart

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, and if you feel woefully under-prepared — or if you're just the type of writer who doesn't prepare much at all — you might be tempted to skip out on all the fun this year. Don't worry! I've got nine easy…
By Kristian Wilson

11 Simple Tips To Remember While Writing Your First Short Story

Today's the day. It's happening. You've decided to write your first short story. Maybe this story idea has been kicking around your head for the last 10 years, or maybe you just googled a list of writing prompts and want to give one a whirl. Perhaps…
By Charlotte Ahlin

15 Writing Prompts To Help You Get A Kick Start On That Book You're Writing

Going back to school as a kid always began with a brand new binder, an exciting new classroom, and the classic writing assignment: "What did you do over summer vacation?" Seriously, how many times have you written that essay over the course of your…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Here's Why Keeping Your Old Journals Can Actually Be Super Useful If You're A Writer

There's a drawer in my childhood bedroom that's so stuffed with my old journals and diaries that it won't close. Whenever I leave the house, I consider my journal as much a necessity as my wallet, and I always carry one with me. As I use my…
By Melissa Ragsdale

This One Simple Piece Of Advice Transformed My Writing Process For The Better

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a writer in some capacity or another. Growing up, I spent all the free time I had working on angsty teenage love poems and cringe-worthy romance stories that were in reality just thinly…
By Sadie Trombetta

13 Things To Know Before You Take Your First Creative Writing Class

I was lucky enough to take my first creative writing class in high school, and I was instantly hooked. I went on to take classes in college, and then even after I graduated. So, if you're about to start your first creative writing class, I am so…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Ways To ACTUALLY Make Journaling A Part Of Your Everyday Routine

Remember way back at the beginning of January? When you were going to start journaling all the time and become a calmer, more wonderful person? ...how's that working out for you? I mean, yes, we all know that there are myriad benefits to keeping a…
By Charlotte Ahlin

21 Writing Prompts To Help You Finish An Entire Novel This Summer

Summer is officially here, and it's the perfect time to start writing a novel. There's no school and plenty of sunshine — which means it's the perfect season to focus on a new project. What could be more thrilling than buckling down and writing that…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Should You Tell People You're Writing A Book? Here's What Writers On Reddit Say

Writer's block is arguably the worst thing that can happen to an aspiring author, but coming in at a close second is the frustration of dealing with this question: Should you tell people you're writing a novel? Replying to TheWayDenzelSaysIt on the…
By Kristian Wilson

Dolly Parton's Creative Process Will Definitely Inspire You If You're In A Writing Rut

Singer Dolly Parton has long been a feminist icon for many — including me. From her unabashed (and often hilariously tongue-in-cheek) honesty about her looks, to her iconic roles in female-centric films 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias — and, most…
By Kerri Jarema

This Book On Worldbuilding Is A Must-Read — Even If You Don't Write Sci-Fi Or Fantasy

As any writer of science fiction or fantasy will tell you, worldbuilding is the most arduous part of composing a new story. It can be tough to know where the line lies between Not Enough and Too Much, and it's altogether too easy to fall into the…
By Kristian Wilson

This Workshop Is Giving Scholarships To Undocumented & Formerly Incarcerated Writers

Always wanted to take part in a writing workshop, but haven't had the means to do so? Tin House Summer Workshop is offering scholarships to undocumented and formerly incarcerated writers for its 2018 session, so you should obviously apply if you…
By Kristian Wilson

5 Zadie Smith Quotes On Writing To Print Out & Tape To Your Workspace

"I'm not trying to convince someone of an argument one way or another, generally," author Zadie Smith told cultural critic Wesley Morris, before a packed crowd in Brooklyn's St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday night. "But I am trying to…
By Cristina Arreola

This Breathtaking New Memoir Is About One Author's 17 Near-Death Experiences

Acclaimed novelist Maggie O'Farrell has spent her career actively avoiding autobiographical writing. When she signed a book deal to write a memoir, she only asked her publisher for £1, unsure that she would be able to write about her own life…
By Sadie Trombetta

J.K. Rowling Just Revealed How She Plans Her Books & There's An Actual Color-Coding System

Throughout the years, J.K. Rowling has delighted fans on social media by sharing Harry Potter lore, thoughtful writing advice, and personal stories meant to inspire readers all over the world to pick up a pen and start a story of their own. While…
By Sadie Trombetta

George R.R. Martin Just Launched A Scholarship To Help Aspiring Fantasy Authors

If you've always wanted to attend a writing workshop, but were deterred by the cost, one popular author may just pay your way in. George R.R. Martin is funding a scholarship for science-fiction and fantasy writers at the Clarion West Writers…
By Kristian Wilson