Putting ideas into words.
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Putting ideas into words is a writer’s greatest thrill. He or she will never pass up the opportunity to weave together strings of words to craft an elaborate storyline, regardless of the form. Songwriting, just like writing prose or poetry, takes the process a few steps further, adding a musical element to the mix.
This week we sat down with Jacqie Brooks, fashion/beauty enthusiast, editor and fellow lover of words, to talk about a genre of storytelling we haven’t covered here before: songwriting. Read more
By day, Olivia Zimmer, 23, is an English teacher living in Incheon, South Korea, far from her cozy hometown in northern Illinois, USA. By night, she’s an aspiring writer, like so many of us. But her chosen path to developing and refining her skills is one you may not have heard of before. Read more
Finding time to write, and writing well, seems impossible for some. For others, it just becomes one of many challenges that make life worth the busyness. For today’s featured writer, it’s a talent turned hobby turned success story. School, work and writing go hand-in-hand, and busyness is just a minor side effect that comes with putting good ideas into well-crafted words. Read more
The first step to establishing yourself as any kind of writer is to write and, hopefully, publish something. Whether you know it or not, the next step, after you’ve been published, should be to create a portfolio to “show off” your work. Read more
When I was the managing editor and writing correspondent coordinator for an online magazine, I received emails similar to this one at least a dozen times. (I am strictly paraphrasing – this is not an actual copy of an email from a real person.) Read more
A career as a freelance writer begins with a proposal. Most likely, you’ll be the one to make contact with a potential client. Before you get to that point, though – before you even start searching for jobs – there are some things you need to be aware of. I’m not talking general, “It takes a lot of time and you’re not always going to have fun” kind of warnings here. I’m talking about writing samples, money and statements of purpose. Read more
Being an aspiring writer at any age is tough. But your early 20s, your quarter life crisis, approaching 30, it’s all hard and it can be lonely and confusing and emotional. Adding on top of that the fact that you want to write for a living … I’m sorry. It’s hard. Trust me, I know. Read more
Writing is hard.
You know this without having to convince yourself it’s true. You may love it – it may be your art; your love; your baby – but that doesn’t mean there are days it doesn’t take all you have left in you to drag yourself to your laptop and write something. Read more
I can’t say exactly what made me decide I didn’t want to focus on fiction writing anymore. My sophomore year, everything kind of changed. My English major was “too easy” (I don’t know why I thought that was a bad thing) so I added a second major. I started writing for my school’s newspaper. A year later, I started interning for a magazine. Novel writing just became a side project that really only mattered in November and July. Read more