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Can a soundtrack ease you through a story?

February 21, 2019

A veteran journalist tuned into music to turn on her writing

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Forget the chocolates. Tell a story instead

February 14, 2019

A Valentine's Day sampler of non-cliche love stories

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More on nut grafs: A sweet addendum

February 12, 2019

Nuts need not be tough or bitter, but should match stories in size and tone

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A nutcracker suite

February 1, 2019

Primas of storywork on how they interpret the dance of the nut graf

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A nut graf by any other name might taste sweeter ~ and be more digestible

January 31, 2019

A defense of the summary nut as it is used in variations by Ken Burns, the Beatles and Shakespeare

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Nut grafs: Overused, misused — or merely misunderstood?

January 29, 2019

When a summary nut beeps like the back-up horn on a truck or blinds like a searchlight, it can ruin the magic of a narrative

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Finding the brightest stars in a constellation of writing tips

January 18, 2019

Ten twinkling takeaways from a panel with Craig Welch and Brooke Jarvis

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The Sixth Cactus: When green becomes so much more than green

January 9, 2019

A writer learns to see beyond the obvious to the creative

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Five life hacks for beating writer’s block

January 8, 2019

When you're stuck as deadline looms, here are ways to get on with it

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Roy Peter Clark: A red-nosed reindeer lights the way to better writing

December 20, 2018

A holiday share from our friends at the Poynter Institute

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Want to make your headlines sing? Try writing to the beats of “Hamilton”

December 12, 2018

A Washington Post editor raps to the rhythm of the Broadway musical

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Thoughts on voice: What it is (and isn’t). And how to find yours

November 6, 2018

A panel of writers and editors offer tips on nurturing your authentic writing voice, and modulating it for your story and audience