Episode 26: Who Am I?

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about the struggle of finding who we are as individuals and as writers. We hear Zamarit Ortiz’s short story, “The End of Ignacio” from our Spring 2017 issue of the […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Anger

By Megan Standley Anger seems to be the only emotion that anyone feels nowadays. Whether it be from politics or a bad day. Anger, of course, can be a really good outlet for bottled up stress and bad thoughts, but it’s not as acceptable as emotions like sadness.   So, say you need to have […]

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Episode 24: Writing Empathy

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about how to show empathy for another person when the writer does not know anything about the other person’s backstory and how a writer can make the readers feel the […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Sadness

By Megan Standley     It’s time to go ahead and get that one emotion that no one wants to feel out of the way. That emotion is sadness. Everyone feels this emotion at some point in their lives and it isn’t something they want sticking around for long (unless you love to be sad). Even […]

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Incorporate Emotions into Your Writing: Happiness

By Megan Standley Emotions are key to any good story and poem and there are many ways to incorporate emotions into any type of writing. This blog will cover the emotion of happiness, how it affects the outcome of your writing, and how it can create a connection between you, your character, and especially the […]

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“Whistle While You Work:” Music and Writing Go Hand in Hand

By, Megan Standley   What else besides food and coffee goes along with writing? Music, of course! While it may surprise you, music and writing correspond with each other. A musician must write musical numbers if there is to be a song and a lyricist must write words to match. Of course, not everyone knows […]

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Tips for Writing Comedy

By: Cassie Robbins   Using comedy in your writing We all love telling jokes. We want to make people laugh. We want them to think of us as witty and clever and fiction is no different– you want your reader to laugh. Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas:   Adding another dimension to […]

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Literature & Broadway

By: Sam Lundy Broadway musicals have been around for decades, they are one of our one of our culture’s greatest treasures. What many people don’t realize is that some of the greatest Broadway musicals started out as best-selling novels. Musical theatre is much like fiction in that there is always a character that is the […]

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Fanfiction Part 2

By: Sam Lundy Fanfiction…so how do I write it? Writing fanfiction isn’t just taking a story you enjoy and writing a continuation. Here are some steps to help you with the writing process.   Research– Oh yes, this is necessary. Just like with an academic paper you will need to check your facts. This may […]

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