How to Critique Creative Writing: A Comprehensive Guide for Readers

One of the biggest problems facing young writers is a lack of solid constructive criticism. Bad books get self-published because friends and family didn’t want to be mean. People delude themselves that they’re good writers because no one has ever told them otherwise. And it’s hard, giving negative feedback. But it’s necessary. It’s so, so necessary. Even if you know nothing about the formalities of … Continue reading How to Critique Creative Writing: A Comprehensive Guide for Readers

Why a Creative Résumé Won’t Get You a Job

Gen Zers have apparently started adding bitmojis to their résumés and making their job applications look more like Instagram profiles than the traditional headings and bullet points. While it’s important to make yourself stand out in a competitive job market, creativity will often make you the object of ridicule rather than interest. And it’s not just because old people are boring. When you submit a … Continue reading Why a Creative Résumé Won’t Get You a Job

The Best Day Jobs for Writers

There’s no right way to write professionally. The only necessities for the writer’s life are to care about the craft and put in the hard work. Everything else is more of a whatever-works-for-you type of thing. That being said, working on a novel doesn’t pay the bills. Submitting poetry won’t reliably get you groceries. So when it comes time to get that paying nine-to-five, where … Continue reading The Best Day Jobs for Writers

“Because” Is a Coordinating Conjunction. Fight Me.

Let’s go back to middle school English class for a moment. What is a conjunction? Conjunctions are parts of speech that join two words or phrases together. There are three types of conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, and correlative. Coordinating conjunctions join two grammatically equal words or phrases. They’re usually remembered by the acronym FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. Subordinating conjunctions join a dependent … Continue reading “Because” Is a Coordinating Conjunction. Fight Me.

Grammar Exists to Make You a Better Writer

There are two types of people who talk about grammar on the internet: those who pedantically criticize every real and imagined misuse, and those who rant on Tumblr that they’re gonna write however they want cuz that first type can suck it. Both types have entirely missed the point of grammar. Grammar functions as a tool to make your writing readable. That’s it. It’s not … Continue reading Grammar Exists to Make You a Better Writer

The New ‘Cats’ Looks Weird AF, and I’m So Here for It

What do Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, and Rebel Wilson have in common? If you guessed that all their bodies have been turned into horrifying human/cat hybrids that will unsettle your sleep for years to come, you’d be right. The trailer for Cats dropped yesterday, and it’s…something. Something wonderful, something off-putting, something mystifying and magical and so effing weird. The internet is full of … Continue reading The New ‘Cats’ Looks Weird AF, and I’m So Here for It

Stop Using the Word "It"

Stop Using the Word “It”

It’s absurd to tell you to stop using a pronoun, especially one that’s so ingrained into our language, most writers don’t even realize when they use it. It is a useful word, standing in for long referents, keeping you from awkwardly repeating yourself, introducing Mario. But it is also a crutch. Nothing will weaken your writing quite as quickly as relying on it.  Whether this … Continue reading Stop Using the Word “It”

The Art of Writing Metaphors

Trends in language are just as real (and often just as cringeworthy) as trends in culture. They fade in and out, they’re remixed and replaced. They’re intensely popular and often very bad ideas. Instead of parachute pants we have superfluous dialogue tags, instead of slap bracelets we have metaphors followed by explanations. It’s a toss up whether explained metaphors started as a misplaced trendy idea … Continue reading The Art of Writing Metaphors

The Most Dangerous Advice Young Writers Believe

You’ve seen them on Tumblr, on Pinterest, in writing groups. You’ve seen them reblogged with the captions “yes!!!!” and “THANK YOU” and “this is really good advice!” You may have even posted one somewhere yourself. Words to use instead of… Said. Very. Great. Feel. Nice. You name it, there’s probably a badly made infographic for it. The people who make these charts and tout their … Continue reading The Most Dangerous Advice Young Writers Believe

An Open Letter to Writers from a Slytherin INTJ

Stop making me the villain. I get it. INTJs are smart, tactical, seemingly emotionless. We give off an air of mystery, because nobody needs to know our business. We’re aloof, above it all. An easy target for the brooding loner type who doesn’t need you to write us auxiliary relationships and (can I get a hallelujah?) doesn’t need backstory, because that’s just how we are. … Continue reading An Open Letter to Writers from a Slytherin INTJ