English Major’s Favorite Books of Fall 2016!

English Major’s Favorite Books of Fall 2016!

Hey guys! It is officially finals week at my university and I am so pumped for this semester to finally be over. Despite the fact that the last four months have been super boring thanks to useless classes that barely challenged me, I did get something good out of this semester: my teachers recommended some pretty great books to me, and I’m excited to share them all in several mini-reviews!

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Q&A: How to make money as a blogger, how to start writing professionally, etc.

Q&A: How to make money as a blogger, how to start writing professionally, etc.

Throughout my experience as a pretty successful freelance writer and blogger, I’ve gotten a ton of questions from you guys asking what I do and how I got here, and since I’ve been doing it for a year now, I figured I have some credentials to finally answer them.

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9 Best FREE Prewriting Resources for Aspiring Authors

9 Best FREE Prewriting Resources for Aspiring Authors

This year seems to have gone by so quickly. There are barely two weeks left in October—which means NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! Is anyone else totally pumped and nervous at the same time? (P.S. Add me as a writing buddy if you’re officially participating!)

Whether you’re here to prep for November or you’re just in the midst of working on your latest W.I.P., I have compiled the most useful prewriting tools on the web just for you (yes, you!). These are all resources that have really helped me in my preparation for my latest creative adventure, so I know they’ll be perfect for you, as well!

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The Elements of a Truly Great Story

The Elements of a Truly Great Story

Although we as artists may hate to admit it, all art (including storytelling) requires at least some structure. It’s as simple as the old, “you have to know the rules to break them,” theory. In the words of Jim Krueger, the former creative director for Marvel, “I don’t believe you can be creative without limitations”—there has to be a box if you want to think outside of it.

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Try This Fast-Paced, Group Creative Writing Exercise for Aspiring Authors

Try This Fast-Paced, Group Creative Writing Exercise for Aspiring Authors

Story building is a real struggle for me. As a journalist, most of the stories I write are already made up for me—I just have to find the information. But when it comes to writing novels and other creative pieces, the tale has to come from within me, and, unfortunately, I haven’t been stretching my creative side lately as much as I probably should.

As I continue my NaNoWriMo prep (including working on my creativity), I’ve particularly enjoyed this exercise that a writing teacher of mine had us do in class, recently. If you want practice on creating storiesworking quickly, and thinking ahead, this can be a really valuable exercise for you, as well!

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How Can I Be the Next Great Storyteller?

How Can I Be the Next Great Storyteller?

Telling stories is one of the most important things we do in our lives. We tell stories to sell products and make money, we tell stories for entertainment, and we even tell stories to help us teach difficult concepts and express abstract thoughts. Even those of us who don’t choose to be writers have to be storytellers—but as artists who make stories our livelihoods, we ought to be the best at it.

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The Only Thing Your Writing Really Needs (But Is Probably Missing)

The Only Thing Your Writing Really Needs (But Is Probably Missing)

From editorials with no paragraph breaks to sentences with no verbs, there are a lot of writing mistakes that an editor can fix.

We’ll do all we can to help your writing. We can add punctuation, chapter breaks, and helping verbs; we can fix your grammar and correct your spelling—but there’s one feature of writing that we editors can’t (and won’t) fix for you.

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Review: Litsy, the New Photography & Tracking App for Readers

Review: Litsy, the New Photography & Tracking App for Readers

When I was introduced to this iOS application by a professor of mine, I was intrigued. I had never looked into any social media network that was so new, but despite any apprehension, I decided to just jump in with both feet and try it out.

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