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?

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...

Under construction

Enough about writing; let's talk about reading. For this month's nonfiction knowhow, I want you to take a little break from your own writing. I'm always harping on how being a better reader will make you a better writer. But how do you become a better reader, and what...

Drawing a blank

Big changes are in the air for yeah write. That's why I want to get back to the basics this month. The basics of poetry, that is. It's been almost two years since we first delved into blank verse for a poetry slam, and while I'd like to pretend all the new folks go...

A couple couplets

Now that everyone's familiar with the couplet, let's take February's post to the next level. For this month's poetry slam we'll be taking everything we learned about writing in tight spaces and applying it to the four-line memoriam stanza. Before I dive in, y'all, I'm...

It’s not over ’til it’s over

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This month's nonfiction knowhow is a little bit of a throwback. We've spent a lot of time lately talking about how to get writing that appeals to your audience onto the page; for Valentine's Day we're gonna remind you how to show...