Writing Help

Looking for a few extra tips and tricks or craft hints? You’ve found YeahWrite’s Writing Help archive. Below, you’ll see a collection of the posts we think you’ll find helpful. Besides our monthly Nonfiction Know-How and Poetry Slams, we’ve included posts from past workshops, guest authors, and the times one or another of our editors added some in-depth knowledge during a routine weekly post. Be sure to check out our favorite post: the one that defines the “so what.” Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or correspondence, your reader should never be left asking… so what?

What’s Your Point… of View?

It's Techtober! With so many folks gearing up for NaNoWriMo and the fall writing competition season (including our own Super Challenge #6), I thought we'd skip our usual poetry slam this month and talk about a fiction (or nonfiction) technique instead....

Spoilers

Yes, spoilers! Look, as someone who, along with their friends, watches a number of shows, I can appreciate the idea that it's important to have surprises in our life. I mean, who wasn't surprised that Snape killed Dumbledore, or that Soylent Green was...

Summaries for Pitch and Page

Hey, gang. If you’ve been around a while, you’ve watched us grow from a small group of bloggers who wanted to take their writing to the next level, to a thriving community of writers engaged in a little friendly competition to grow their skills, to our...

Sijo what I did there?

I can’t believe it’s back-to-school time already. Whether you’re in school yourself or just providing taxi services to small schoolbound humans, you probably just lost a certain amount of free time in your schedule. That’s ok. This month’s poetry slam has...

A tutor who tooted the flute…

Fiction, as a genre, gets broken down pretty easily. If you think of “fiction” you know there’s horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and so on and so forth. But when most people think of nonfiction, they tend to lump it all together into one amorphous...

Look deep into my eyes

Nothing strikes fear into the creative soul of a writer like being asked to write a persuasive essay. At least, that's what it looks like every time we check our Super Challenge inbox. We get more questions, comments and concerns about the persuasive essay...

Your prompt response requested

In Misery, Stephen King wrote [Paul] understood what he was doing now as TRYING TO HAVE AN IDEA. TRYING TO HAVE AN IDEA wasn't the same thing as GETTING AN IDEA. GETTING AN IDEA was a more humble way of saying I am inspired, or Eureka! My muse has spoken!...

Palinode around

I want do-overs! Whether you call it a mulligan, a retraction, or a palinode, it's human to err and even more human to want to correct that error. This month for our Poetry Slam at YeahWrite we'll explore the palinode - the poet's version of white-out - with a twist....

Emotional Misuse

With the solstice just past, most of us are either in the depths of winter or the height of summer. So it's natural to be thinking about extremes. For this month's Nonfiction Know-How, I'll be discussing emotional extremes and giving you a few tips on when to use and...

got filk?

Let's take a mid-season break! Where I'm sitting, it's almost midsummer. Editor Asha, in Australia, is watching midwinter approach. But no matter where in the world you are, it's a season of song. Some of us are singing around beach bonfires, others are caroling or...

Think Outside the Thesaurus

A Glancing Blow Do you ever notice, when you're editing, that you have a "favorite word?" Mine, apparently, is "glance." In the rough draft of the novel I'm editing, "glance" occurs on average once every 1.98 pages. In the second draft, it occurs once every 6 pages....

Resuscitating your darlings

"It's not a journal entry, it's a personal essay." That's something I say a lot when I'm making edits. Also this: "Your essay needs to be more than a list of events interspersed with your feels." What's the difference, really, though? And why does it matter? For this...

Nothing more than feelings?

All right, poets, it's your turn. April was National Poetry Month, so this month instead of a slam we're going to talk about how to read and critique all that work you generated for your #poemaday before you unleash it on an unsuspecting Internet. Or, if you've been...