Category Archives: Writing Strategies

J. Michael Straczynski: How to Have a Career in Writing

For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been telling stories in a variety of formats — from television to comics to film and more. But there is one story he has never told — until now: his own life story. In his new memoir, Becoming Superman, Straczynski does just that, detailing how the power of […]

Open pocket watch and person writing

The Right Time to Write

When is the right time to write? What is the best setting? What’s the ideal age and stage of life to begin penning that memoir or novel that’s been hiding inside you for years? These are questions that have plagued established and novice writers for centuries. I recently read numerous interviews with well-known authors that […]

A classroom of students typing at the typewriters in the Story of the Day exhibit

AWM Story of the Week

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit. Check back weekly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our typewriters and possibly be featured here! We think YOU’RE awesome, Shibla, and hope you make it back this year: This place is […]

Typed on a typewriter: 1. 2. 3.

The Seven Rules of Writing

My entire life revolves around the written word. It has been that way since childhood. My writing tools have evolved since then: crayon to pencil, typewriter to computer – but the inexplicable need I have to write has not wavered. How did this love affair take flight? I attribute much of it to reading.         […]

In Their Own Words: Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight […]

A person typing at the Story of the Day table

Write In: Learning from Mistakes by Yesenia Sanchez

Yesenia and her classmates visited the AWM in November and participated in the Write In program for middle and high school students. Write In combines the unique experience of a museum visit with specially-designed curricula that aims to increase students’ knowledge about American writers as well as boost their confidence as writers. Since the museum […]

The Hemingway App grades your writing for clarity

Filling in the Blanks

Silicon Valley obsesses over automation and efficiency. If you have the money, the tech industry is happy to deliver the recipe and ingredients for French toast as well as provide a lift to work. Automated reminders on your phone keep you focused and efficient at work, while your calendar (synced with the office’s, of course) […]

How to Find (or Build) a Writing Community – Part Three

This is the third in a three-part series on finding and building a writing community. The first post focused on online resources, both free and paid. The second post was about local resources, both free and paid, and this one will discuss traveling to workshops, retreats, and conferences. One of the most educational (however overwhelming […]

Writing Out the Bad Stuff

Last summer someone gutted my new bike. Both wheels and the seat, gone. They left just the sad, lonely frame still locked to the bike rack, looking severely inadequate next to the other bikes. When I first came across it, I stopped walking and stared at it for a while, as if the wheels would […]