Alissa Knop

Plan, Prep, Perspire!

So, you have an idea for the next greatest best seller in your mind. How do you take this idea from the deep crevasses in your mind and make imagined thoughts become words on a page? There are many ways to prepare and organize your thoughts before you begin to write anything, and this usually ends up better than anything you write with no planning at all. Of course, writing comes in steps—an idea, a first draft, editing, multiple more…

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15 Ways to Find Writing Inspiration

As writers, our brains are constantly taking inspiration from our own lives and using this to create stories in our own voice. However, it is inevitable that once in a while, we will get stuck in the vortex where ideas just can’t seem to flow. Here are 15 ways to find inspiration for your writing in the world around you. 1. Read books from your favorite author Reading a lot has always been the key to being a good writer.…

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Start a Long-Term Relationship With Your Journal

What do Flowers for Algernon, Dracula, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower have in common? They’re all books written as journal entries! But even if you as a writer aren’t interested in writing epistolary novels, writing your own journal is one of the most helpful tools in finding a voice, getting those thoughts down in writing, and simply getting much needed practice as a writer. One of the first rules of journaling is to not take it so seriously.…

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I’m Done Writing. Now What?

You did it. You finished writing a book, you’ve read it over at least 500 times, and you’ve meticulously threaded through all those pesky sentence-level errors. It’s time to share your work with other people before you send it off to a publisher or an editor. Remember, if you want your writing to be successful, (sell anywhere from a few copies to a billion copies) you must reach some sort of audience. You should have decided this in the writing…

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The Waiting Game: Sending Work to Publishers

Life of Pi, The Help, Twilight, War of the Worlds, The Notebook, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, and countless others. All books that were rejected by several, sometimes even dozens, of publishers before becoming insanely successful. If your book is truly destined for publishing, you will get it published eventually. You just have to make sure you know how to correctly send your manuscript to publishers. Step one is to finish…

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Looking For an Idea?

How many writers does it take to change a light bulb? That question may never be answered, but I do know it only takes one person to find an idea worthy of a light bulb above your head. The beginning of every single novel, short story, poem, or any kind of writing at all starts with the idea. If you are having trouble thinking of the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter, try to think of taking ideas from your…

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Welcome

Hello there! My name is Alissa Knop and I am one of the new editors for the I Love to Write website and blog. I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh majoring in journalism and minoring in creative writing. I work at the University’s Writing Center, helping writers to improve their writing and working with all kinds of students, including those with learning disabilities and who are learning English as a second language. I also work as the…

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