Don’t Write Alone: Toolkit

How to Get a Literary Agent

Query smarter, not harder, to find the right agent for you.

Dec 01, 2022
The Dinner Table Problem

When you’re ready to pitch or publish your work, a good question to ask yourself is: Why does this need to be an essay rather than a story you tell to friends over the dinner table?

How to Workshop Stories About Trauma

Not all feedback, even from a reader you hold in high esteem, will be appropriate for the story you’re trying to tell.

Nov 14, 2022
How to Write a Novel (Or Anything, Really) with ADHD

Instead of fighting myself tooth and nail to subscribe to a neurotypical writing lifestyle, I’m choosing to expand upon my weird brain’s strengths and abilities.

Nov 10, 2022
Tiny Writing Tips from the Writers of ‘Tiny Nightmares’

“Write about the terrifying by writing about the alluring.”

Oct 26, 2022
How to Write Yourself an Edit Letter

Approaching your book as a reader rather than the author helps separate you from the emotional experience of putting your work on the page.

Oct 06, 2022
I’m Living in the Poems I Can’t Yet Write

How does one translate life into poetry, especially in seasons of total depletion?

Sep 26, 2022
How to Write a Novel In a Month

The fear that I might never write a book led me to develop a practical system of writing by numbers.

Sep 19, 2022
What We Talk About When We Talk About Book Titles

When a writing project has a good title, everyone can feel it. But getting there can be a struggle—for both the author and the publishing team, if your project happens to be a book.

Sep 06, 2022
So You Want to Apply for an MFA

For our Application Week series, MFA directors and professors discuss common misconceptions, how they support students, and answer that ubiquitous question: Is getting an MFA worth it?

Aug 15, 2022
Using Impatience to Help Your Writing

In this exercise, classes instructor Chaya Bhuvaneswar asks you to consider your impatience with not yet being where you want to be in your writing career and helps you use that as momentum.

Jul 25, 2022
How to Pivot from Writing Short Stories to Novels

If you’ve written short stories and are figuring how to get started on a novel, Erin Flanagan has some tips to help you get started.

May 23, 2022
In Praise of the Pomodoro, or Finding Writing Freedom Through Constraints

You might surprise yourself at how much you’re able to accomplish in short, focused periods of twenty-five minutes.

May 09, 2022
On Writing (When I’m Not Inspired)

I know I’m the kind of writer who has to trick himself into writing, into making the effort to find something to write about.

Mar 28, 2022
When Flash Nonfiction Strikes You

After contact, you may feel exposed, raw, tingly. Learn about flash nonfiction forms and what to do if you want to write flash of your own.

Is Procrastination Good for Your Writing?

There is no real, direct “cure” for procrastination, but there might be ways of better understanding it so that we can all use procrastination to our benefit in the long-run.

Feb 24, 2022
‘The Artist’s Way’ is Better Than My Way

Is my singular definition of myself as a novelist useful to me?

Feb 07, 2022
How to Write an Ending

Why is it so hard to land the ending of a story? We want the endings of our stories to feel surprising yet inevitable—which is easier said than done.

Dec 08, 2021
Writing Nonbinary Characters

As a nonbinary queer writer, fictional characters helped me understand myself. I encourage authors to include nonbinary characters in their work.

Dec 06, 2021
Fiction Writing and Screenwriting: What’s the Difference?

For the fiction writer who is looking to dive into the deep end of writing their first film script, here are some things to keep in mind.

Aug 23, 2021