How Free Writing Can Help You Find Your Subject

In this post, GrubStreet Instructor Ben Berman models the process of how journaling and free writing can help you figure out the subject beneath your subject.



It’s two in the morning when your five-year-old wakes you up and tells you that her belly is too full to sleep.


Try lying on your left side, you say. But she insists that she is going to be sick.

November 14, 2018 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Books that Made You Return to Them

In the "Books that Made You" series, we're taking a look at the books that made us who we are. For this edition of our "Books That Made You Series," we asked you what book made you return to them. After scrutinizing our highly scientific social media poll, we present to you this non-exhaustive list of books that lure us back time and again.

November 8, 2018 | Colwill Brown

Books & Reading

Starting from Scratch: Staring Down the Blank Screen

Katrin Schumann asks, what happens when, after a long time writing and editing, you once again find yourself at the beginning of an entirely new project?

Some of you have been writing for a long time, and you likely have a manuscript or two going already. You may be astonished by how long it's taking to get your writing to where you want it to be—and perhaps you're learning about the utterly transformative power of deep editing.

November 7, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice New Writing The Writing Life

November Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The November 2018 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities

Colwill Brown

Grub News The Writing Life

Writers Can Stay Organized and Motivated with these Online Tools

As a writer of historical fiction, I find that one of my biggest challenges is how to manage both my time and all the little tidbits of information that I discover all over the Web. This is particularly tough when some of the data is sent to me from friends, or I uncover new articles and facts through random browsing, not just at times when I sit down to do research.

I could use a notebook, and I do, but those online notes are a time-sink to rewrite, and as a result, my notebook tends to be more for creative ...

October 30, 2018 | Crystal King

The Writing Life