Category Archives: Writing

A continuing dialogue on the art and the science of writing.

How to Survive Rejection Slips

by G. Connor Salter Getting rejection slips is always difficult. It doesn’t even seem to matter how big your project is, even getting a 500-word article rejected can hurt. However, all writers deal with rejection sometime in their careers – some would argue it’s a kind of initiation. Here are three reminders to help you survive […]
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The Art of Writing: Satisfaction in the Blogosphere

By: Rebecca A. Schriner, Graduate December 2016 I’ll admit it: I was nervous when the big assignment for my Author Platform class was creating a blog. While I’d been in the PWR major for three years, my specialty had always been editing. Not writing. I’d tried a writing blog once. Little stories that came to […]
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The Art of Writing: What I’ve Learned From The Echo

by Luke Wildman I scrape my fingers over my scalp, then turn aching eyes back to my computer monitor. For the next four or so hours, I know my Thursday evening will be a blur of editing articles, brainstorming titles, texting questions to writers, and working with The Echo team to create the best weekly newspaper […]
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The Science of Writing: How to Make Anything into Material

by G. Connor Salter You’d think more people would’ve shown, I thought. I was sitting with four other people outside the PWR classroom in Nussbaum—Andrea Gregory, two Taylor alumni, and Ben Wolf, founder of Splickety Publishing Group. It was May 6, 2016, and Wolf had offered to come give a free evening class on how […]
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The Art of Writing: Dark Humor

by Nichole Parks I don’t write dark humor on my best behavior. There’s no holding Mom’s hand in a gift shop where glass trinkets, home décor, and china tea cups are made for looking, not touching. I don’t write on my best behavior. I break things. Mainly, walls. When humor writer Jim Watkins taught a […]
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The Science of Writing: Full-Time Student. Full-Time Editor.

by Hannah Haney I always knew that I wanted to be an editor, but I had no idea I could be an editor and a student. I started interning with Relief Journal in the summer of 2014, right before my junior year. I proofread for the blog section of the journal and emailed the bloggers […]
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Art of Writing: Writing and Theatre- Bring Characters to Life

by Kate Jameson Storytelling is an art no matter what form it takes. I’ve always had a passion for theater, but it wasn’t until college that I discovered how much writing and acting have in common. I always knew, as most people do, that the scripts have to be written by writers, but that was […]
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The Science of Writing: It’s a Matter of Perspective- Point of View in a Story

by Josh Beaumont “There are always two sides to every story” is a line we’ve all heard whenever an argument is at hand. The same idea applies to stories. In fact, given the amount of characters and multitude of events a story can have, there can be many more than two sides to every story. […]
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Art of Writing: Character Help- Five Ways to Get to Know Someone Who Doesn’t Exist

by Kathleen O’Malley First of all, my title was technically untrue. Your character does exist, although only in your mind for now. If you write your story well, he or she will exist to your readers, too. But how do you get to know someone whose personality you’ve created? Here are some strategies I’ve discovered […]
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Art of Writing: Being a Creepy Writer

by Charnell Peters I’m a little creepy sometimes, and my friends and family are not afraid to tell me. Although I think it should be socially acceptable to stand very close to strangers and listen in on their conversations, it’s not. And as much as I wish the act of intently observing didn’t conjure the […]
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