Summer mini-writing workshop: More writing truths (with examples)


Just as Studs Terkel wrote about average folks who worked lowly jobs, write about the relatable. We all love stories about the everyman or everywoman.

The how behind something can be even more entertaining than the why.

For better or worse, from every relationship, we can find one takeaway.

Sometimes, the real story is what happens the day after.

Listicles are more likely to be read than an essay. (My condolences to English professors everywhere.) People like their information to come in tweet-sized packages.

Headlines are deadlines, the stories, the lifelines.

Sometimes, the story half-writes itself.

Our environment has a profound effect on who we are. We all absorb our surroundings—we just internalize them differently.

Love stories don’t have to involve romance.

We’re often nostalgic for things that were wonderful in their time but are relics in retrospect. Shared nostalgia illuminates a generation of people.

There is a story behind every recipe (or in every recipe).

Even if a word doesn’t have a place in your speaking, it just might have a place in your writing.

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