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“Put The Thesaurus Down:” Advice I Wish Someone Told My Twelve-Year-Old Self

As a young writer, I used to think the Thesaurus was my best friend. I was twelve years old, had an above average vocabulary, but I didn’t think it matched the mature content I was writing. I used to think if you used big words, it meant you were creative. Most of the sentences I wrote, I couldn’t pronounce myself …

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“Write What You Know” Is the Worst Advice for Writers, and Here’s Why

I was fifteen years old when I took my first workshop classes in verse (poetry), fiction and playwriting. Poetry was always my strong suit. I’ve always enjoyed playing with alliteration, slant rhymes and creating metaphors are my guilty pleasure. When it came to my other two workshop classes – fiction and playwriting – I would always struggle. My character development …