When writing an argumentative essay, which comes first, writing for yourself or writing for your audience? I have always been taught to write first and foremost for myself, but in an argumentative essay, do I put my readers first? --Lori Shaughnessy
Dear Lori –
Short answer: Yes. Put your readers first.
May 25, 2012 | Allison Adair
April 17, 2012 | Ilan Mochari
It's not always so easy finding your voice. Sometimes you have it, but no one else can hear it. Other times, you don't in fact have it, though you think you do. Those can be the most frustrating times of all--you're looking around at everyone like, "Hey, come on guys! Can't you hear me?"
And then, you can have it and lose it. That may feel really bad and scary, but at least you had it once, and trust you can probably get it back.
March 28, 2012 | Katrin Schumann
Before this spring, I'd never been to a writers' conference. Except Grub Street's Muse & Marketplace, of course. As a Grub founder and addict, I'd been to all the Muses for the past 10 years. I'd been on the panels, bought new shoes for the parties, cheered the novelists I'd been working with who hoped to get contracts and advice from the agents and editors who came from NYC; hobnobbed with those glitterati--who reminded me, when I stood in the back of the room where they were meeting with writers, of the smartest kids in ...
March 22, 2012 | Jenna Blum
Can you call yourself a "writer" if you have not been published? I have not been published and feel like a liar when I introduce myself as a "writer" at parties, even though I spend the majority of my time banging away at my keyboard.
-- Identity Crisis Chris
Can I call you “Chris”? I’m just saying, since we’re not sure whether I can call you a “writer”?