The Only Thing Your Writing Needs

By: Jilian Whitehead When I have a story that I’m (moderately) happy with, I usually have my friends and family read it before I give it to any fellow writers. I do this because I’m testing to see if the story passes a certain bar: enjoyability. If a non-writer likes the story, then I circulate […]

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Three In-Depth Writing Exercises

By: Jilian Whitehead Analysis You’ve probably done something like this before in class, such as taking a passage from literature or poetry and analyzing the author’s word usage and the broader themes. Essentially, it means a lot of mark-up. Why did the author choose to use that word there? How does that line connect with […]

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Fiction as a Mirror of Reality

By: Jilian Whitehead How many times have you watched a movie, and there’s some big building or tree falling down toward the character, and you’re shouting, “Move!” in your head, but the character remains frozen? Or how about when you get exasperated when some girl can’t make up her mind between two guys? It’s easy […]

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Character Isn’t Just Personality

By: Jilian Whitehead Too often when we develop the characters in our stories, we focus too much on personality. If you read a book, you might be told that the character is smart or friendly or reckless, but how often do you know what their likes and dislikes are? What do they do in their […]

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Interactive and Digital Forms of Storytelling

By: Jilian Whitehead Most of the time when we think of writing, we think of prose or poetry, but there are so many other ways to be creative and tell a story. From writing dialogue in a video game to simulating texts between friends, the realm of digital storytelling is full of possibilities. Technology allows […]

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Presentation vs. Content: Which Matters Most?

By: Jilian Whitehead You’ll sometimes hear writers say that they don’t care about punctuation and grammar, and that the story should speak for itself. However, I’d argue that in writing, as well as in many other fields, presentation matters as much—if not more—as content. We’ve all been served that one meal that made us hesitate, […]

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So You’re Writing a Romance

By Jilian Whitehead Valentine’s Day is here! And that means . . . yep, it’s time to talk about love. Romance is one of the most written on topic in all forms of writing—that also makes it one of the hardest. While it may be a cliché topic, people will also never tire of it. […]

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Aspiring Writers and Writers Aspiring

–By Jilian Whitehead I have a complicated relationship with the phrase “aspiring writers.” On one hand, it’s useful, because it seems to be that bridge between a professional, published writer (which seems to be the benchmark of being a writer) and someone who just writes for fun (which is great by itself). It makes it […]

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Submitting Your Work

By Nikki Groom One of the perks or downfalls—however you view it—to being a writer is having to submit your work to a vast amount of places. My way may be a dark method of viewing submitting work, but it always helps me get through the process easier. When submitting your work, never think it […]

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10 Writing Prompts

By Nikki Groom Finish the Sentence 1. She gently picked up the fragile ____. 2. He ducked, shocked as the _______ flew over his head. 3. The dog growled at the ____.  4. “Maybe we could not rob a bank today, maybe we could just _____.” 5. She grabbed the crowbar from her desk, frantically […]

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