What We Can Learn About Writing from “Hamilton”

What We Can Learn About Writing from “Hamilton”

Hamilton is an international sensation. Fusing hip-hop and musical theater, Lin-Manuel Miranda created an impressive telling of Alexander Hamilton’s life story. As writers, there’s a lot we can learn from the show, its creation, and its namesake. As Aaron Burr says in Aaron Burr, Sir, let me offer you some free advice: 1. Inspiration Can…

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…

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…

What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

Despite graduating college with a business degree, several of my friends were in film school, which led to me being part of multiple student films. Along the way, I discovered that writers can glean a lot of advice from the filmmaking process. Pre-Production: Loglines When creating a film, writing the script is not the first…

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

The Writing Cooperative is an online writing community with over 100,000 followers on Medium and 2,200 members on Slack. Despite its massive size, The Writing Cooperative started with just two people who never met. The Early Days In late 2012, Ev Williams launched a new writing platform, Medium. A year later, with the platform fully available…

Are you suffering from RAS Syndrome?

Are you suffering from RAS Syndrome?

While acronyms add a colloquial flair to writing, they are easy to misuse. If we’re not careful, improper acronym usage can cause immense reader pain. But before we go and diagnose the root cause of our reader’s discomfort, we need to set the record straight about something. Acronyms vs. Initialisms Acronyms and Initialisms are different…

Repeating Yourself is Redundant

Repeating Yourself is Redundant

Have you ever read a sentence that makes you cringe? For me, when words repeat for no reason my skin crawls. Take this sentence from a book I’m currently reading: My bright, rainbow-dyed hair whips across my face. This sentence makes me shiver in my bones. Can you spot the issue? It’s repetitive and redundant….