Planning and Writing the First Draft (of anything!)

Writing the first draft is one of the most exciting things in a writer's journey. This is the first time you're working with your characters/information and putting it down into prose for your audience. However, it can also be daunting to write and finish the first draft. Sometimes there's a lot to keep track of, and you want to make sure you're putting yourself in a good position for when you start making revisions. Also depending on your work's length, it can take a long time to finish the first draft. But how do you write a good first draft? Let's find out!

Can Writing Be Taught? My Unique Take on This Topic

Every writer has their own opinion on the topic. Some believe it's nearly impossible to learn from classes while others think that this craft can be studied under a teacher. You'll find hundreds of differing opinions on this topic, and the answer usually depends on the outlook of the writer. Can writing be taught? Well, my unique take is this: if you really want to learn the art of writing, of course writing can be taught -- but it might not be in a traditional classroom setting. Here's how.

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5 Unique Creative Writing Exercises for Amazing Ideas

You've got tea on your desk and a word document open on your computer. You take a sip of your tea for inspiration but find that you're having trouble writing. Ideas flowed out from your fingertips yesterday, but the words won't come out today. Luckily there's plenty of methods to help boost your creativity and inspiration. Here's five different writing exercises to motivate yourself during the writing process.

How Freewriting Encourages and Expands Creativity

If you write often, you'll know that there's times when you won't feel inspired by the muses to put words down onto the page. You might try writing a few sentences but find you're still stuck on the same scene as yesterday. Luckily, there's a writing method that can help you boost creativity and productivity: freewriting. Here's how freewriting can expand your imagination and encourage your inner creativity.

How to Combine Writing with Critical Thinking Skills

When a reader finishes what you wrote, you'll want them to walk away with your core message. That means your writing needs to be concise and clear to whoever chooses to read your work. However, how do you ensure that what you put down on the page makes sense to others? Well, the answer is easier than you might think: critical thinking. Now you've probably heard ever since middle school that critical thinking is important, but it truly is the heart of creating thought-provoking writing. Critical thinking allows you to reason and correlate thoughts together, whether you're writing a persuasive essay, fantasy novel, or blog post.