writing

9.5.19

I Watch Serena Williams Work Her Ass Off to Do Literally Any of My Own Work

If she can win 23 Grand Slam titles, perhaps I can sit down to write, say, 1,000 words.

7.16.19

I Eat the Same Fast Food Every Day to Manage Anxiety About the Gig Economy

Working in a familiar place and eating familiar, anodyne food gets me through the chaos of life as a freelancer (and life in general).

5.20.19

I Make $1,000 a Week Writing Essays for Lazy Students

Helping kids scam schools has turned into a full-time job for me.

5.13.19

Long Walks Were the Antidote to My Fear of Failure

The meditation of walking in a city is not as internal as that of hiking. You do not lose yourself in the silence; rather, you melt into the physical beat of observation.

4.3.19

An Internet Fan Fiction Archive Is Nominated for a Hugo

Archive of Our Own is a finalist in the prestigious Hugo award's Best Related Works category—which means thousands of fanfics are Hugo finalists.

10.26.18

An Excerpt of 'Night Moves,' Jessica Hopper's New Memoir

"Night Moves" is a look at life in the mid-2000s told by a narrator getting her start as a writer, living in crumbling apartments, navigating Chicago's music scene, and cruising the world on her bike.

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10.23.18

I'm Not Hiring You Because You Don't Really Want the Job

Eagerness to get hired isn’t the same thing as enthusiasm for doing the work.

10.12.18

Stop Telling Black Writers to Stop Writing About Race

A recent series of comments forced me to confront the issues of writing like everyone else as a person of color.

9.11.18

Andrea Long Chu Is the Cult Writer Changing Gender Theory

"Heterosexuality is bad," and other thoughts from a rising-star writer poking holes in how we talk about power, transgender identity, and what to do after you tell the truth.

9.6.18

Forensic Linguist Says 'Lodestar' Can't Tell Us Who Burned Trump in New York Times Op-Ed

Guessing the anonymous author of the Trump op-ed in The New York Times based on the use of the word ‘lodestar’ is “entirely useless,” according to a forensic linguist.

8.7.18

Why Freelancing Is So Much Better Than Having an Office Job

Being your own boss isn’t for everyone, and it’s definitely not easy, but for me the tradeoffs are worth it.

6.28.18

My Quest to Become a Harry Potter Erotic Fan Fiction Writer

Seven days and 12,000 words later, I understand why a children’s book universe is such a potent vehicle for smut.

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