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?

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...

Let’s go to the bop!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Poetry is basically history, amirite? It's not, though. As tempting as it is to think that all the poetic forms were invented ages ago by dead people, poetry is very much alive and changing. Last month's poetry slam here at yeah...

Welcome to the 5-7-5

If you grew up in the USA, the odds are pretty good that at some point you were required to write a haiku in class. Your teacher probably sat you all down and gave you a little lecture on the history and culture of Japan that may or may not have been accurate at all,...

Get it? Got it? Sonnet!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's February, and you know what that means: sonnets. Has it really been a year since I wrote that how to write a sonnet post? Whoa. Well, I still don't want to write it all again, so I suggest you open that little link in a separate...

Look deep into my… navel?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the span of a breath, everything changes. We all have our moments of epiphany. Cataclysmic shifts in personality, thought structure, aha or eureka moments. We also all change slowly, over time, as we develop a deeper understanding...

yeah write at storytellers summit

Writers, you're going to want to check this out. We are super excited to announce that yeah write was asked to participate in Storytellers Summit, a virtual conference for writers. This free event is presented by Julia Roberts of Decoding Creativity and will feature a...

The hook brings you back

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]"What's a so what?" Of all the requirements for a good nonfiction essay, the so what can be the most elusive, and not just because it's not a term that most people have heard before. In fact, one way of describing the "so what" in a...