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?

Less is more

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's not the size that matters... It's whether you start your post with a semi-appropriate joke. Actually, what I did just there is what you'll be doing this month: wrote a couplet. Although we usually think of couplets as building...

Reach out and touch someone

There's nothing like reading through the grid (or your articles feed, or...) and coming across an essay that makes you say "Ugh, another navelgazing pile of word vomit."And yet, there are also personal essays you'll read that change the way you frame your life, make...

Class is in Session

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What do you remember from learning to write in school? Did you have a particular teacher who made writing interesting? Did you read a story or article and think "oh, I wish I could write like that?" We get so used to the structured...

Leggo my Echo

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Echo myth might be one of my least favorite stories of Greek mythology, but it lends its name to one of my new favorite poetry forms. In the myth, the nymph Echo falls in love with the worthless manbaby Narcissus who basically is...

Home is where the stories are

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's pretty much That Time of Year again. Yeah, you guessed it: the season of family holidays. When the biggest thing on your mind is how your family is driving you absolutely freakin' nuts and you can't think of anything else to...

From intent to intensity

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]No $#!7, there I was: writing about the most horrifying moment of my life. I wrote, and I wrote. I sure did write the heck out of that story, which was a story about the most horrifying moment of my life. I was so scared in that...

Nine… Eight…. Seven….

45 is the magic number for this month's poetry slam. 45 syllables, that is: the 45 syllables, in decreasing lines, of the form known as nonet. I know this is the point where I usually get bogged down in some big long history lesson, but the fact is that there just...

Quitters are Winners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For this month's nonfiction knowhow we're going to focus on two conflicting aphorisms. The first is "winners never quit; quitters never win" and the second is "quit while you're ahead." I'm not talking about quitting writing...

8+5=Triolet

I know it doesn't feel like it today, when the Real Feel Index says that I'm sitting in a room that's literally halfway to the boiling point of water, but summer is winding down and coming to an end. Kids are headed back to school, and for some of us (not me, thanks,...

One asefru, two isefra, three isefra, four

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="29470"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]The Amazigh (known historically as Berber) people have been around for a long time. Don't believe me? Check out this dude on my left from the tomb of Seti...

Tears, idle tears!

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tennyson wrote, but really, we all know what tears mean, right? Sadness. So sad. So very very sad. The saddest. Have reached sadception. Pining for the fjords. Something. What we might not know is that "tears" are a...

Here we go rondeau the mulberry bush

So who had fun with the bop last month? Didn’t quite get the poem you were hoping for? Want to try it again? Well, we’re upping the difficulty level a little this month with the rondeau. Like the bop, the rondeau is essentially a “song” form of poetry, so I hope...

Five-minute warning

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As an editor, I spend a whole lot of time talking about how to fix up writing you already have. But what do you do when the words don't come? For this month's nonfiction know-how (thanks, Cyn!) I want to talk about finding ideas when...