Writing Short Stories & Essay Writing

Writing short stories, fiction and essays isn’t easy – in fact, the relative brevity of these pieces can make them even more challenging to create. Inside you’ll learn the best techniques for doing it well, and using those pieces as a springboard for lengthier works.

Writing in Winter

Time introduces a new character to our lives each season, one with a temperature and temperament that affects our own. Take the time to record the details of your life in winter.

Passing Her Message On

One mother did not want the lessons and inspiration of her daughter's life to pass away. She published her story—using the words from her daughter's journals.

The Hunt for Red-Hot Anecdotes

What's the secret to finding great personal stories for articles when you've run out of usual suspects? Learn to make your writing up-close and personal by scoping out these four sure-fire resources.

Advice on Preserving Your Journal

Keeping a journal can be a wonderful way to preserve your life story, but choosing the wrong kind of paper can destroy your words before your descendents are ever able to read and enjoy them. Inveterate journal-keeper Megan Fitzpatrick explains.