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

How to Write a Successful Author Bio

Ah, author bios. Every writer’s bane. Many writers struggle talking about themselves, or worse: bragging about themselves. Still, author bios are an imperative part of the writing process. It’s a calling card to give potential readers a sense of who you are, why they should trust you, and what makes you unique. What Is an Author Bio? An author bio is a short description of … Continue reading How to Write a Successful Author Bio

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

Deconstructing the Constructor: An Interview with Mark Rosenfelder

When it comes to the putative title of “Master of the Constructed Language,” Mark Rosenfelder’s claim to it has some serious merit. He has quite literally written the book—four, in fact—dedicated to conlangs and helping readers with crafting their own. The most recent of these, The Syntax Construction Kit (SCK), was released in November. Mr. Rosenfelder has graciously agreed to be interviewed. A New Book … Continue reading Deconstructing the Constructor: An Interview with Mark Rosenfelder