Monthly Archives: January 2017


how to write microfiction
What is microfiction? Is it different from flash fiction? Microfiction is fiction that is written in 300 words or less. It encompasses forms such as the six-word story, twitterature (140 character story), dribble (50 words) and drabble (100 words). Microfiction is a subset of flash fiction. That is, all microfiction […]

How to Write Microfiction for Beginners


how to proofread your own writing
What is proofreading? Proofreading is not editing. The goal of editing is to rearrange, cut, and add writing to the draft. It focuses on choosing the diction, making the writing succinct, and clarifying ambiguity. The goal of proofreading is to correct visual errors to end up with a mistake-free document. […]

How to Proofread Your Own Work Effectively


why you should journal as a human
To be clear before we begin, when I say “to journal,” I mean the act of daily (or almost daily) writing in a notebook with a pen or pencil. This post is not about why you should journal because you’re a writer. Or a student. Or a parent, child, ambitious […]

Why You Should Journal as a Human



the beginner's guide to poetic meters
What are poetic meters? Meters are how we describe a rhythmic pattern in a poem. They are comprised of varying stressed and unstressed syllables. It can be difficult to determine whether or not a syllable is stressed or unstressed when you are first learning. The trick is to know how […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Poetic Meters


how to write dream sequences
Should I use a dream sequence? Dreams in literature tend to serve one of three purposes: to foreshadow (either as a direct prophecy or as a tip-off to the reader), to tell about a character’s inner torment, or to be a flashback. Dreams can be seen as gimmicky because they […]

How to Write Dream Sequences that Don’t Suck


how to write every day
Why should I write every day? The only way to get better at writing is to write more. If you’ve been writing for any amount of time, you know how painful looking back at any earlier pieces is. (Heck, even when editing your own work you may recognize that agonizing […]

How to Write Every Day



How to write any essay
Why do We Write Papers in Schools? Essays as a literary form are attributed first to the French writer Michel de Montaigne, and second to English writer Sir Francis Bacon. The form wasn’t officially called essay (essais) until Michel started writing them in the late 1500s. What set the essay […]

How to Write Any Essay