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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…

To Publish Regularly Or Irregularly, That Is The Question

To Publish Regularly Or Irregularly, That Is The Question

In 2017, as part of the Writing Cooperative’s challenge, I vowed to publish something once a week. In the end, I published over seventy stories. My writing game was on fire. 2018 has been different. Publishing has been sporadic. I’ve opted to release stories as I completed them rather than on a schedule. So what’s…

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…

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….

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….