I first heard the term “pseudo-working” from Cal Newport, author of How to Become a Straight A Student and Deep Work. Pseudo-working looks like work, but it doesn’t produce much. If you’ve ever been trying to focus on writing an article while checking your phone for social media updates and fielding dinner requests, you’re pseudo-working. (No,

As a recovering pantser, outlining my novel is still somewhat new to me. I love doing it, because it helps me to know in what direction my novel is going so I can actually finish the first draft, but it can be hard to know how to go about doing it. At what point do

The new year is almost here, and for most people that means setting new writing goals and pushing themselves to be better, more productive, and happier. Before you dive into setting big writing plans for 2019, I urge you to take time out to look at your accomplishments and evaluate the writing goals you set

Have you ever read a story that just falls flat for you and you don’t know why? Chances are it was missing one of the archetypical elements our brains are hardwired to seek out in a story. When you sit down at the keyboard, the last thing you want to do is write a story

How’s your holiday shopping going? You’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This year, we’re introducing something new: Write Practice Wednesday! If you’re looking for gifts for writers this season, you’ve come to the right place. UPDATE: Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Black Friday deals for

Happy Halloween, everyone! Since I write horror, this is obviously my favorite holiday. To celebrate, I crafted several six-word horror stories to tweet throughout the day. And today, you’re going to practice doing the same thing! Warning: Six-word stories are addicting. Six-Word Horror Stories Supposedly Hemingway invented the six-word short story with, “For sale: baby

Surprise! Okay, that probably wasn’t very surprising. How do you surprise your readers? And how do you create the slow burn of suspense, keeping them on the edge of their seats as they tear through your story? Let’s talk about how to make a story suspenseful. Do you like ice cream? I imagine you said yes.

A manifesto is a statement of what you believe, written to help others, or yourself. Are you wondering how to write a manifesto? You have come to the right place. The word “manifesto” is from the Latin word “manifesto,” “make public,” which comes from the Latin word “manifestus,” or “obvious.” Write a manifesto about something

For many of you, Halloween is a time to dream up frightening stories with scenes that thrill and startle your readers. It’s the perfect moment to practice how to write a scary story. Yet writing a scary scene is easier said than done. To truly scare your readers, you need to be one step ahead

Great characters feel real. They talk, act, and respond to stress in ways we recognize, with their own personal character voice. We can relate to them because they seem human. To write a character that leaps off the page, we need to know her deeply. We need to understand her thoughts and feelings. If our

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