Joanna Biggs

Should you buy a Freewrite?

Freewrite is a tool dedicated to writing. It’s sort of like a modern typewriter—it’s got a full-size keyboard, an E Ink Display, WiFi connection, and long-lasting battery. What’s so special about it? It’s a distraction-free tool. Although it does connect to WiFi, it does so only to back up so that you never lose your work. That way, there’s no

Read a graphic novel to become a better writer

We live in a visual culture—it’s not just films and TV shows; YouTube and TikTok, Facebook and Instagram all rely on visuals. Comics, however, are a mix of both—it’s a visual and textual medium. While the visual element is crucial to the story, comics make no sense without the text; they’re intrinsically joined together. There are a few lessons anyone

Best songs for concentration

Sometimes, there’s nothing worse than the quietude of the empty apartment when you’re stuck working remotely. What you might need to get your creative juices flowing is the right soundtrack for your work. Everyone’s heard that Mozart’s music is number one when it comes to concentration. However, if you’re tired of listening to the genius himself, some other alternatives can

The best writing tool to use?

Sorry to disappoint, but there’s no such thing. The best writing tool is the one that works best for you. That means you may have to do some searching before you find your favorite. Everyone has different needs, but we’re here to offer you a small overview of possible choices. Good ol’ pen and paper. I know, I know. But

What to do when you’re running low on inspiration

Often, the hardest thing is just to start writing. Trust me, I know. Even when you’re writing daily, and writing is your bread and butter, sometimes you get stuck. There are moments when filling a blank piece of paper, or an empty document on your laptop, may seem like an impossible task or fighting a losing battle. That’s when you

Using note cards to outline

Some people thrive on creative chaos. They can just plop down in front of a computer and type out an entire perfectly thought-out article without making even the simplest outline. There’re not many of them, to be honest. If you’re not one of these folks and need some planning before you sit down to do your writing, you might check

Why is writing like jazz

A good writer is like a jazz musician. Every good musician has a lot of knowledge about music. They’ve got a background in music. They know their scales and their music theory; they attended numerous classes and practised. What makes a fantastic jazz musician, though, isn’t just their knowledge of the rules. It’s about bending them to make incredible music.

How to generate blog ideas

Like anything else, coming up with blog post topics is a skill you can hone. The more you work on it, the easier it becomes. Sometimes, great ideas come unbidden. You’ll be doing the dishes, or taking a shower, or hanging out with friends, and an amazing topic dawns on you. Always remember to jot it down as soon as

Know when to give up on a blog post

It may seem counter-productive. We’re always giving you tips on how to start writing and keep going. Discouraging you from writing shouldn’t be on our agenda, right? And yet, sometimes, the best thing you can possibly do for yourself and your blog is to abandon your draft and start from scratch. Every writer does it. Quitting isn’t the worst thing

Creating a writing schedule for the New Year

The dreadful 2020 is finally over. Now that 2021 is finally here, it’s time to put your New Year writing resolution to practice. Don’t procrastinate starting your project. Procrastination is the arch-enemy of every great plan—it slowly saps away our resolve. It’s so easy to say I’ll start tomorrow; after all, just one day delay is nothing serious. But, keep