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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Favorite Authors

By Megan Standley Everyone has their favorite authors (or maybe just one favorite author) and, hopefully, the writer that’s inside you will lead you to be someone else’s favorite author. Some have a list of favorites so big that it would take years to tell who their favorite author is. I am one of those […]

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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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Music to Help Your Writing: Finale

By Megan Standley   As we bring this wonderful tale of why music helps writing to a close, I’d like to spend at least this blog to mention more songs from other genres. You wouldn’t expect these songs to help with writing, but they actually do! I’d also like to just talk about how great […]

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Songs to Help Your Writing

By: Megan Standley   Some songs aren’t just perfect to listen to while you write – they can also help you shake that icky writer’s block. In this blog I’ll list some of the artists that get me out of my writer’s block and the ones that I listen to when I write.   Music […]

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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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