Writing Tips and Prompts

Stop Worrying About Being Original

Want to write something original? Worried that you'll never write anything unique? Here's why you shouldn't worry about not writing original work.

Writers stress endlessly over being original enough. Beyond the fact that plagiarization is a crime (and a very expensive crime, at that), we all suffer from this idea that if we aren’t 1000% original at all times, our ideas aren’t good enough. We think that if someone else thought of it first, they’ve essentially called […]

How to Stay Healthy as a Writer

Writers are notoriously unhealthy—we spend all our time sitting in front of computers. Here are some tips for staying healthy while you write that novel.

The idea of being a healthy writer can seem a bit oxymoronic. Ernest Hemingway didn’t say “Write drunk, edit sober,” because he was invested in a healthy lifestyle. (Actually, he didn’t say that at all. The truth is never very exciting, is it?) More recently, Neil Gaiman quipped, “No, my people, we stay indoors. We […]

6 Tips for Naming Your Characters

Who else LOVES naming characters? That’s right. We all do. I can spend hours just browsing baby name websites. Google thinks that I’m pregnant and keeps trying to sell me baby booties. Which, you know, are adorable, but what I’m actually after is the perfect name for New Character #847. It’s only natural to want […]

5 Bad Writing Habits You Learned in School

Some writing tricks are great for essays, but terrible for novels. These school writing skills should stay in the classroom.

We’ve all been to school, right? (I hope we’ve all been to school.) And, likely as not, that’s where we all got the majority of our writing practice. From our first sentences to our final papers, we learned about everything from grammar to punctuation to structure to form. And those skills are, like, 97% transferable […]

How to Motivate Yourself to Write (And/Or Edit)

Some surefire strategies that'll get you writing...even when you really, really, really don't want to.

No matter how much you love writing, there’s going to come a point when it just. Sucks. Maybe you’ve been working a lot of overtime and you have no energy left. Maybe your creative muse has decided to drop everything and go to the Bahamas for a three-week vacation. Maybe you’ve been editing nonstop and […]