Monthly Archives: March 2017


My favorite poetic assignments were always the free verse poems. After however many weeks of sonnets, blank verse, haikus and other strict forms, it was nice to be able to just spew words. But after writing more poetry, I’ve found that free verse is just as much of a form as […]

How to Write Free Verse Poetry



How to Write for an Audience
See also: How to Determine Your Audience Readership is important to writership. Authors write to be read, even though writing for its own sake of writing can be therapeutic. Once you have a single person to represent your audience (read more about that here), you write to that person. So how […]

How to Write for an Audience



How to Write Outlines
See also: How to Write Any Essay For the most part, I never minded turning in papers in chunks. First draft, revised draft, final draft… it was an easy way to get completion points. I hated turning in outlines. How was I supposed to decide what I was going to write before I […]

How to Write Outlines (and why you need to write ...


3 Ways to Write Song Lyrics
See also: How to Write Songs that Suck I prefer lyrically-driven songs to music-driven songs because I think lyrics are a song’s backbone. But lyrics—especially good lyrics—are hard to write. And even after writing 40+ songs for myself, I’m still not sure I’ve ever written a good lyric. You will need […]

3 Ways to Write Song Lyrics


how to write useful flashbacks
See also: How to Write Dream Sequences Why use flashbacks? Flashbacks are fun to write. And in early drafts, they are super helpful for showing you who your characters are and where they come from. However, as with visions and dream sequences, it can be difficult to discern whether or not […]

How to Write Useful Flashbacks



how to determine your audience
“Be mindful of your audience,” my teachers would tell me. “Write to your peers/your elders/your town/your country/etc.,” they would encourage our class. “Don’t use language that your audience wouldn’t use.” And I have to agree that as a writer you should be mindful of your audience. Knowing your audience helps […]

How to Determine Your Audience


What is a photo essay? A photo essay is like a film, except instead of using moving pictures you use still ones. It’s also like an essay, but instead of using paragraphs and grammar you use images and color and photographic technique to argue. Photo essays tell a story with […]

How to Write a Photo Essay


how to write a limerick
Limericks are witty 5-line poems that originate from Limerick, Ireland. (Anything on the Internet is true, right?) Historically limericks originated in France but became popularized in Limerick, where the story goes that drinking Irish poets would have poetry battles. After Edward Lear published a collection of limericks in A Book of Nonsense, the […]

How to Write a Limerick