The Hamburger Method Evolved

The Hamburger Method Evolved

I wrote my first persuasive essay while staring at a cartoon hamburger. While gesturing to the individual ingredients that made up a neon hamburger on the overhead projector, my elementary school teacher explained the “Hamburger Method” of writing a persuasive essay. The Hamburger Method starts with the top bun: the introductory paragraph and main point….

How to Write When You Don’t Wanna Write (As Told By Other Writers)

How to Write When You Don’t Wanna Write (As Told By Other Writers)

I’ve been in a slump lately. Ideas are flowing, that’s not the problem. I have zero desire to sit down and actually write the things. I call this strange feeling The Funk™️. Feeling stuck, I reached out to a number of writers’ whose work I greatly admire and asked them a simple question: How do…

How to build a following and develop a successful personal brand.

How to build a following and develop a successful personal brand.

What advice can you give me to build an audience and get more views on my writing? Every Email I Receive As an administrator for the Writing Cooperative, I am asked this questions a few times a week. New writers are all looking for the fast pass to internet success. I don’t blame them for asking….

Olympic Chinquapins

Olympic Chinquapins

Tonga Tongahas one athlete,a giant flag, and lotsof baby oil. He went shirtlessagain. Curling Slide astone across theice, curling at the end,stop on the button. Canadawins gold! Skeleton Head first,eighty milesper hour, simple helmetoffers no protection at all.Not luge. Kimchi How longuntil TodayShow anchors eat Kimchiwhile talking about Koreancuisine? Tomato Afterall these years, whyis a grown man…

Is fear limiting your writing?

Is fear limiting your writing?

The Writing Cooperative’s community has thousands of members. We encourage new people to introduce themselves upon joining. I often see an introduction explain the person writes, but doesn’t publish. The most common reason: fear. Hitting the publish button is scary. Opening ourselves up to criticism, ridicule, and rejection is not an easy thing to do….

Sometimes You Have to Stop

Sometimes You Have to Stop

The sun has gone down. The dog is hungry. So are you, but you don’t notice. You’ve lost all concept of time because you’re completely focused on what you’re doing. Just one more paragraph, you tell yourself. Another ten minutes. Does this sound familiar? When we’re “in the zone”, it’s hard to focus on anything…

Ask yourself three questions daily to become a better storyteller.

Ask yourself three questions daily to become a better storyteller.

Repeating something twenty-one times develops a new habit. Want to teach a child to brush their teeth before bed every night? Help them remember on twenty-one consecutive nights and a habit will form. At the beginning of this new year, make a resolution to create a daily writing habit that will also develop your storytelling…