Writing Advice Column: Writing Rituals!

I’ve started a writing advice column! Comment with your questions, and I’ll answer them in the column. It’s on Medium, so I get paid (yes, real money!) every time you give a piece “claps.”

I’ll answer questions about reading, writing, marketing, creativity, and the writing life!

You can also comment on my Facebook or Twitter posts to ask your questions.

Here is my first answer: https://medium.com/@thebeckyrenner/hi-jade-5a421b44ad44

 

Why I Write

In my first year of teaching, I gave my seniors the assignment to write about an event in their life that made them who they are. I read them all, surprised at what they’d been through, surprised too at the secrets they would trust me with, at what they’d put on paper. Domestic abuse, poverty, illness, one even witnessed a murder – these are the things that boiled under the surface of these people who I laughed with daily, who decorated my room, who sang me happy birthday, who wore me down to eventually have class outside. I had known them eight months already, or I thought I knew them. It wasn’t until April that we had this turning point, and I saw through to the other side. I realized that we are all a little broken. Every single one of us is on the mend. Continue reading