“It wasn’t until I was sixteen that I even knew marijuana and pot were the same thing.” — Mindy Kaling

Beloved comedy-writer Mindy Kaling, if you are unfamiliar, has quite a few accomplishments up her sleeve. She is most known for her work on the sitcom The Office, where she served as a writer, actress, executive producer, and director, but that is not her only feat.

She also created:

  • Fox’s…

How can you know your characters if you don’t know yourself?

If you feel that something is lacking in your writing, consider taking a moment of self-reflection. What makes you…you? What gives your writing an edge, a twist, per se; what differentiates your writing style from other writers? …

It’s what makes James Baldwin’s novels so captivating

The where of any TV show, film, or piece of literature plays a major role in developing the rest of the story. Gilmore Girls just wouldn’t have been the same if it had taken place in a bustling city, rather than a small town where everyone knows each other. The…

A single paint stroke couldn’t stand alone, and neither can a single word

The process of writing is a delicate one that needs to be treated with care, patience, and creativity, just like the art of painting. A painter may spend hours carefully mixing certain paint hues together to create the perfect color. A writer is no different with their sentences. Painters and…

Lost the motivation to write? Don’t fret, we’ve all been there.

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time writing daily. As much as I love to write, it’s hard for me to find the time, and quite frankly, the motivation. When I stop writing consistently, I almost have to reteach myself how to construct sentences so…

A writer’s best work comes from when they’re struggling

Today has been a rough day for me. I’ve been procrastinating all day long and I’m not feeling too great emotionally or mentally. I’ve been discouraging myself from writing, convincing myself that I don’t have anything meaningful to say. But here I am, writing despite all of these negative feelings…

You’re tired of writing about it and your reader is sick of reading about it

Yes, COVID-19 has impacted our lives a great deal, but I think we’re all well aware of that by now. You don’t need to keep writing about how difficult it is working from home or how different life is now compared to pre-pandemic times. …

Your writing is boring, here’s how you can fix it

Not many people consider psychology’s role in their writing, which is unfortunate. But you were smart enough to click on this article and not scroll past it. I admire that. You’re reading this because you care about your writing. You have a curious and creative mind that strives to keep…

You don’t need to be an award-winning novelist to benefit from writing

Writing serves many different purposes for many different people. Some write for school, others write for fun, and a good portion of us write because it makes us feel complete in a way. But what if you used your writing to help you deal with painful experiences from your past…

From a high school senior in the midst of the college application process

My classes are online. I’m home all day. I never see my friends. It’s been rough.

Staying inside all day has taken a toll on my mental health. Over the summer, things were different. I didn’t have schoolwork to stress over. I didn’t have to stare at a computer screen…

annalisa renee

writer, lover of music. they/them

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