Tag Archives: Writing Strategies

In Their Own Words: Tim O’Brien

In his classic book The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien writes, “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing […]

Tanaya Winder at the American Writers Museum on May 9

Tanaya’s Writing Tips

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

This is the second in a three-part series on finding and building a writing community. The first post focused on online resources, both free and paid. This post will discuss local resources, both free and paid, and the third will expand to include traveling to workshops, retreats, and conferences. There are certain places that writers […]

A Writer’s Words: Fact or Fiction

Literary critics spend countless hours dissecting written texts in an effort to establish a connection between the author and their words. While it has long been known that writers interject certain elements of their personal lives into their fiction, we as readers need to learn when to disengage from the writer’s life and delve more […]