writing process


“NO!” my friend shouted, upset. “What’s wrong?” I asked, leaving the kitchen to join them in the living room. “This company wants a cover letter in addition to a resume!” I understand why it can seem distressing to have to add a cover letter to a resume. It’s enough of […]

How to Write a Winning Application Cover Letter


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 write your personal motto
What is a personal motto? A personal motto is the equivalent of a business slogan. In a single(ish) sentence or phrase, you capture who you are and what you are doing (or at least what you want to be doing) on Earth. College essay applications are the only time you […]

How to Write Your Personal Motto


See also: Beginner’s Guide to Poetic Meter. Do you want to tell a story in a sing-song fashion? No. You want to write a ballad. A ballad is a song that tells a story. While many of the popular ballads you hear on the radio (and Internet) are love songs, any […]

How to Write a Ballad



how to write a skit without hating everyone
It’s happened to me every Thanksgiving for the past four years: a group of us sit down to come up with the most hilarious skit of all time. Three people share their ideas, and the other twelve groan internally and go along with it. Teachers, extroverts, and youth group leaders […]

How to Write a Skit (without hating everyone)