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Friday Five-O: The Myth of Writing "For Yourself"

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

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3 Steps to Stronger Proofreading

Want to be a better proofreader? Go outside and play Ultimate for a few hours.

April 17, 2012 | Ilan Mochari

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Where's Your Voice?

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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

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Writer On The Road: Chicago (AWP), Tucson (Festival Of Books). Writers' Conferences: Why Go?

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

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Friday Five-O: Am I a "Writer"?

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



Hi Chris,

Can I call you “Chris”? I’m just saying, since we’re not sure whether I can call you a “writer”?

February 3, 2012 | Stuart Horwitz

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