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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Episode 22: The Art of Rejection
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Episode 22: The Art of Rejection
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Our favorite co-hosts Caitlin Dillion and Zoey Reynolds are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about coping with rejection. We hear the poem I Pulled Her Last off My Sweater today by Annie Warner from out spring 2017 issue of the Mochila Review. We also […]

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Famous Last Words

By: Cassandra Robbins   You should always write with an ending in mind, even though it may not be the one you choose in the final draft. In the final draft phases, you can really focus on the language right down to the sentences themselves. You should treat the very last line of your piece […]

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The Critic

By: Cassandra Robbins   When asked to review something, a person can face the dilemma of balancing between what is nice to say and what needs to be said about a work. On one hand, if a person showers the first draft in compliments, they really aren’t doing the task they were given; but if […]

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Abstractions, Adverbs, Adjectives, and Nominalizations

By: Cassie Robbins When it comes to self-edited work, some of us may be too lax with grammar and may not even correct the small stuff until the final drafts. It isn’t the fun stuff about writing, anyway. As EB White said, “writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” Emily Dickinson […]

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What Writing Should Be

In the last post, I talked a little about political correctness but I think that it deserves far more attention than I gave it. As writers and contributors to the media, we all need to be conscious of what we put out there. Some of this is just plain common sense—and if it isn’t, there […]

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This is Farewell!

By: Kori Marshall   My time on staff for Canvas and Mochila Review has come to an end. As a copyeditor for our magazine, my job also included eight blog posts. At first, I was weary. Eight feels like a lot, like a part time job I signed up for before I really knew what […]

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