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Category Archives: Writing ethics

Battle of Words: Do Contests Make Better Writers?

When I was younger, I was one of the most competitive dorks around. In fact, my love of literature was a by-product of simply wanting to win a reading program called Accelerated Reader. The idea was the more I read (and the more advanced books I read), the more points I earned. I finished as [...]

Giving Away Free Content Pays

William Shakespeare did it. Anais Nin too. Writers need to eat, and that means we write for money. We tailor our art so at the end of the day we have a roof over our head, clothes on our back, and food in our stomach. Maybe Virginia Woolf said it best: “Writing is like sex. [...]

Good Intentions Pave the Road to Good Writing

As a journalist, most of the feedback I get is negative. The last crime article I wrote had 26 contentious comments, the last of which claimed that I loved to humiliate people and their families. Awesome. People absolutely love to criticize news writing – from copy errors to perspective-based thrashings, there’s always something wrong in some [...]

Five Reasons Not to Write

In “The Ethics of Whoring Your Storytelling,” Men with Pens founder James Chartrand writes: You decide where to draw the line. You decide what’s acceptable and what isn’t. And being mature adults, you’d think no one needs to talk about the ethics of storytelling. But when we start to stoop to these lengths to sell… [...]