Writing Dystopia? Try These Writing Exercises First.

Before you commit yourself to thousands of words, see how you go with these tasks. They may seem simple, but I promise they’ll help with your insight.

The 4 Pillars of Good Writing

By Dan Sanchez How to “deschool” your writing. hich hard skill do recent college grads lack the most? In 2016, PayScale.com asked employers this question. The top response was “writing proficiency.” Wow. Our education system teaches few practical skills, but it does emphasize writing. So what gives? Incompetent teachers? Unteachable students? Actually, the problem for many college…

Writing Inspiration: 15 Magical Paths and Roads to Walk Along

By Aral Bereux French poet and novelist Anatole France once said, “If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.’ The world is a mysterious place, full of beauty and magic when we chance to explore it. Poets, authors, musicians, and artists have long sought inspiration while strolling along some of the…

12 Harsh But True Writing Tips To Indulge Your Melancholy

Being a writer is a hard, tedious, and exhausting life. Don’t get me wrong—I love the process of writing and creating, but a writer doesn’t choose to write. It’s innate, it’s unstoppable, and it’s sometimes downright cruel. On the flip side, writing can take you to places that never existed; you’re on an exclusive journey […]

40 Ways to Exploit Your Characters In Your First Draft

You’ve finally finished your first draft of the next magnificent, ground breaking novel. Give yourself some credit and congratulate yourself. Authoring a book isn’t for the faint-hearted, and it’s a task most people are unlikely to achieve. Unfortunately for you, getting the story down on the proverbial piece of paper is only half the battle….

A Writer’s Life

Writers, I think, are inherently hyperactive. Hyperactive with a splash of the neurotics. Those who aren’t writers will disagree. We resemble that of a sloth in the mornings, hunting out our first caffeine hit with the grace of a moss-covered creature. We then retreat to our cave, slowly experiencing the ritual metamorphosis until we resemble…

A Beautiful Mess

The world of words is a scary place when laid on a platter for everyone to feast upon. Not only that, it’s unglamorous, lonely, and equates to a low level of pay for the rate of hours put in. Too much coffee is consumed, marriages end in divorce, and your kids end up in a strange…