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How to Write When You Don't Have Time to Write
I shouldn’t be writing this right now because between a huge event I’m putting on for my college and my senior project I have enough to do. But here I am, pattering away at my keyboard so that you can learn something useful. Our relationship to time is odd You live […]

How to Write When You Don’t Have Time to Write


How to Expand Your Vocabulary
Most of the writerly advice I hear and share boils down to this: keep it simple. From sentence structure to grammar and even your vocabulary, if you want to communicate, you need to simplify. Why bother making your personal bank of words complex when you only need to use the […]

How to Expand Your Vocabulary


See also: How to Write any Essay Abstracts are the short (usually 100-700 words) paragraphs you see printed in research journals that describe whatever is in the actual research paper. Any essay that is published usually comes with an abstract. Used to help readers determine whether or not they need […]

How to Write an Abstract for a Paper



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


Why You Should Write Fanfiction
As a reader and as a writer I have faced a lot of strongly mixed reviews about fanfiction. On the one hand, many of my high school writer friends have published and regularly read fanfiction on the Internet. On the other hand, many of my college writer friends scoff at fanfiction […]

Why You Should Write Fanfiction


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