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Introducing Write Now

Introducing Write Now

The Writing Cooperative has one mission: help each other write better. One way we can help each other is by removing the mystery surrounding people who make a living writing. When we pursue a career or side hustle writing, we want to monetize but rarely know where to begin. Writing can mean a lot of…

What We Can Learn From Each Other

What We Can Learn From Each Other

Our world is divided. I’d say this is a statement we can all agree on, but I know there are people who will argue with me. We’re divided and separated into our various camps. Some dividing lines are easy to see. Politics divide us right down the middle. Which sports teams we root for come…

Clarissa and the Cocktail Party

Clarissa and the Cocktail Party

Flash fiction based on a writing prompt from Devon Henry. Growing up, Clarissa never fit in with the children of her parent’s rich friends. She tried wearing the right clothes or getting fashionable haircuts but her hair remained a boring black. Nothing worked. No one accepted Clarissa. No one accepted Clarissa’s family either. Her father was…

It vs. They: Corporate Showdown

It vs. They: Corporate Showdown

How we address each other is important. If I were to refer to you as it, you’d probably take offense. Likewise, unless you identify as such, referring to you as they might cause undue confusion. We’re taught how to address each other using proper pronouns and articles. But what about corporations? Are they people, requiring…

Why Do We Grumble So Much?

Why Do We Grumble So Much?

This time of year a question arrises among people who think about these kind of things: when do you decorate for Christmas? Through years of thorough research I’ve discovered three distinct camps: First, there are purists. These people say Christmas must wait until after Thanksgiving. Second, there are nonconformists. These people say Christmas is fair game after…

Introducing SiriLibs: The First Mad Libs Style Game For Siri Shortcuts

Introducing SiriLibs: The First Mad Libs Style Game For Siri Shortcuts

When Apple released iOS 12, Siri Shortcuts quickly became the hero. Shortcuts provided a level of development and creativity previously unavailable on a mobile platform. Last month I published two shortcuts: Daily Day One Entry, a shortcut based on my three daily questions that creates an entry in the Day One app Daily Weight and…

I’m a Farmer Now

I’m a Farmer Now

When my wife and I purchased our house nine years ago, the backyard was an unexplored jungle. The weeds were four feet tall and so thick we weren’t 100% sure how deep the yard went. I called a landscaper friend and he spent four hours and filled a dump trailer with the remains of our…

I Am Not James Patterson

I Am Not James Patterson

In the last three months, I’ve only published two noncommissioned¹ stories. Two. Last year I published a new story each week. This is a very different feeling. In the middle of July, I published some thoughts on leadership. The story kind of bombed and instead of taking my advice I got trapped in my head….

Pitch Slapped: How to Properly Pitch Publications

Pitch Slapped: How to Properly Pitch Publications

As one of the four people behind The Writing Cooperative, I receive a lot of pitches. Besides the two-dozen submissions received daily through our submission process, another dozen arrive unsolicited via email. As writers, we want our words in front of as many eyes as possible. This requires pitching publications and growing our bylines. So…

Still And Small

Still And Small

The average person picks up their phone between 47 and 82 times per day. I fall right into the middle with an average of 63 pickups per day. We pick up our phones to check notifications — of which I average 56 per day, to read the news, to check social apps, to distract us from doing other…