September 24 is National Punctuation Day! Discover what this literary holiday is and how you can celebrate this grammar day in punctuating fashion.
If you’re like me, you hesitate to take chances with your writing. What if it screws everything up? What if it goes nowhere? What if it’s a waste of time?
The most triumphant of tales follow a specific story arc that we as writers must replicate in order to be successful in writing our own books. Yet the most memorable of stories are those that take chances, ones that do something so different enough that it stands out as genius among a sea of shelves stocked with hardcover novels.
But how do we get there?
Not all punctuation marks have a long list of nicknames. Stroke, virgule, diagonal, right-leaning stroke, oblique dash, solidus, slant, separatrix, forward slash—all can be used for the slash.
And there’s the backslash. No nickname required. Unless you prefer to say backslant, slosh or reverse slash.
Laundry list of names aside, you’re here because you need answers. What’s the difference between the slash and the backslash? How do you use the slash correctly in a sentence? And is there a way to use the backslash correctly in a sentence?
NaNoWriMo gets all the press and Twitter love. But what about Camp NaNoWriMo?
You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to join Camp NaNoWriMo. You don’t even have to like camping to participate. If you want to write and reach a goal by the end of the month, then this writing challenge could be right for you.
This blog post is for Sarah (by request).
Does your writing need a jolt? A shake-up? Anything to make it fun again?
So you’re not writing, but it’s not because you don’t like to write anymore. You wouldn’t take the time to read this blog post if writing is just a hobby that’s fading from your life. You’ve just reached that phase of writing we all hit from time to time: writer’s block.
My career’s in marketing. And if you too work in marketing, you know that most (if not all) received requests are delivered as a do-this command.
What’s frustrating to a creative person about this approach is that it ignores the creative process of problem solving. In fact, it skips all the steps of solving a problem by jumping to an assumed end.
Here’s a secret: if you want to solve a problem like a creative person, never assume anything.
You have days where there just isn’t a minute to spare for your writing.
You also have days where it’s socially unaccepted to bring out your pen and stack of paper to write.
And you most certainly have days where you have all the time in the world and absolutely no motivation to write.
But your writing can’t sit on a shelf. Every day you don’t move your writing forward is not standing still but taking a step back further and further until you lose all sight of your writing project.
Here’s a secret: On all these days, you can still write without writing. You just have to approach your writing session a little differently.
For years, I wondered why only kids get the chance to run away from all their problems and express their creativity through the ritual we call summer writing camp. This is something adults want too!
Thanks to you, I know I’m not alone. I wrote this blog post last year to see if it was only me that wanted a seasonal escape. Turns out, hundreds of you also want to spend a week of your summer somewhere full of adventure where your creative writing can run wild.
So the tradition of this list continues.