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Though we do have what feels like a thousand different topics on this site, there are still some videos for writers that didn’t quite fit under any of those umbrellas. You can find them here! To watch all of our miscellaneous writing craft videos, use the playlist. to find a specific video with regards to writing, use the list below or the search bar.

“Tracing” Authors’ Words

Rachel Sargeant talks about how to implement beautiful words into your writing when you read sentences that make you go WOAH.

#1 Writing Advice EVARRR

Calyn Morgan talks about the best writing advice ever–READ.

14k in One Day… How I Did It!

Kellie sheridan had one EPIC writing day. Here she shares her tips on how to have a day like that, yourself.

5 SONGS TO THROAT PUNCH REJECTION TO

E. Latimer talks about the songs she listens to to get pumped despite rejections.

5K SUBSCRIBERS AND ERIN BOOK DEAL PARTYYY

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds get pumped about hitting 5,000 subscribers, and also celebrate Erin getting a book deal. And we answer writing questions!

7 Days of Writing

Emma Gisclair records seven days of writing to hold herself more accountable.

Adventures at WattCon

E. Latimer talks about the inspiration that comes from writing/bookish conferences and shares her awesome experiences at WattCon.

ALL the Writing Advice

Meghan Jashinsky talks about the wealth of writing advice all over the internet and whether you should try to listen to all of it.

ALL The Writing Spaces!

In this special WordNerds community video, we show off our writing spaces with the help of fellow authors Ellie Moreton, Susan McGrath, Helen Powers, Debbi Mack, Meg Sill, and Brenda Lore. We also talk about why writing is the best ever. 🙂

Ariane Felix: Scrivener Tips

Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!

Augusta Blythe: Preparing Your Series

Augusta Blythe–author of the Magic Bullet series–talks about how to prepare to write a series of books.

Balancing Backstory

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk all things backstory–when to use it, how much to use, prologues, and more!

Be Prepared

Emma Gisclair talks about three ways you can prepare for publishing no matter what your stage in the writing process.

Break the Rules!

Kellie Sheridan says that when it comes to writing a book, sometimes it’s okay to break the rules!

Caroline Leech: Writing Accents

Caroline Leech–YA author of WAIT FOR ME (HarperTeen, Jan 2017)–talks about how to write characters who speak with accents.

CELEBRATE YOUR EFFORTS

Jenny Moyer–author of FLASHFALL (11/15/16, Holt/Fierce Reads)–shares her 20-year journey to publication, and encourages you never to give up!

Co-Writing a First Draft

Meghan Jashinsky just finished up a first draft with her coauthor, and now she is sharing their process for getting to that finish line!

Conventions and Announcements and ALL THE FLAILS

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about life, going to conventions, and announce that they are going to YALLFest 2015!

Creating Captivating Mystery

Emma Gisclair talks about how to find the balance between mysterious and confusing.

Disney and the Monomyth

Emma Gisclair talks about what it is that makes Disney films so popular…the monomyth.

Do We Owe Our Readers a Happy Ending?

Kellie Sheridan talks about whether we as writers owe our readers the ending that they’ve been hoping for.

Don’t Forget Tension!

Kellie Sheridan says that everything isn’t going wrong for your characters, you need to change something!

Don’t Strive for Perfect

Kellie Sheridan talks about the importance of letting go, and sending your book out into the world.

Don’t Think, Just Write!

Kellie Sheridan recommends free writing to help you clear your mind and get inspired.

Dream Big, Plan Practical

Emma Gisclair talks about the importance of setting big goals for yourself, but also being practical when it comes to $$$.

Embrace Criticism!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN-71hUiu7c&t=15s Desiraye Williams talks about the importance of criticism for your writing process. It’s okay! Don’t be scared!

FANFICTION!

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about all things fanfics! And Meghan Jashinsky, Emma Gisclair, and E. Latimer share excerpts from their teenage fics. 🙂

For Love or Money?

Erica Crouch talks about whether you should write for love or money–or if you really have to choose.

Free Writing Email Subscriptions

Rachel Sargeant shares a couple of writing subscriptions that can send you writing advice and info about paid writing opportunities.

Good Grief! (Back Up Your Work)

Meghan Jashinsky gives you a friendly reminder to make sure you have backed up your work recently.

How Poetry Helps Your Writing

Rachel Sargeant talks about how learning about poetry can help your fiction.

How to Write a Book

Meghan Jashinsky provides a step-by-step guide to writing your very first book.

How to Write a Novel

E. Latimer tells you all of the super-true-totally-not-unimportant ways to write a novel.

How We Write

In this Sunday Special live chat, the wordNerds talk about their writing processes and how they have evolved over the years. They also answer all of your burning questions about writing!

Including LGBT Characters

Rachel Sargeant talks about the importance of including LGBT characters in your work.

Join an Anthology!

Kellie Sheridan encourages you to expand your writing horizons (and author friendships) by joining an anthology.

Keeping It Believable (Contains Lucy Spoilers)

Calyn Morgan talks about believability in fiction using the movie Lucy.

Kellie’s New Favorite Writing Tool!

Kellie Sheridan talks about the gloriousness that is her Alphasmart Neo 2.

Leah Bauer: Know Your Audience!

Leah Bauer–writer and English teacher extraordinaire–talks about knowing your audience when you write.

Lessons from Once Upon a Time

Emma Gisclair talks about what makes a successful retelling using ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Let’s Get Conflicted

Emma Gisclair talks about the different kinds of conflict that exist in a novel and how to up those conflicts in your own manuscript.

LGBTQ in YA

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds discuss the importance of including LGBTQIA characters in young adult books, and share some of their favorite diverse YA lit.

MAP MAKING TUTORIAL: AutoREALM!

Meghan Jashinsky gives an in-depth look at how she makes maps using the safe, free, awesome program, AutoREALM.

Michelle Iannantuono: Embracing Your Cinematic Brain

Michelle Iannantuono–writer, filmmaker, and Pitch Wars alum–joins us to talk about her journey to accepting her unique writing style!

Miscellaneous: AdAstra Authors’ Advice for Young Writers

Recorded by Kellie Sheridan while at the AdAstra sci-fi convention in Toronto, several authors share their advice for young (or new to the writing-game) writers.

Moving On From Your First “Love”

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to move on from a manuscript that has captured your heart and soul.

Multiple POVs

Emma Gisclair talks all about points of view. How many should who have? Who should they belong to?

My Life as a Full Time Writer

E. Latimer is a full time writer! Here’s how she does it.

Novellas

Erica Crouch talks about novellas in the publishing industry.

On Patience and Perfection

E. Latimer talks about not submitting your manuscript anywhere before it’s ready.

On Rejection

Kellie Sheridan talks about dealing with rejection in the publishing world.

Our Fave Writing Tips/Tricks

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds discuss their most valuable writing advice, and answer your writing-related questions.

Patience

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how publishing is a long game–don’t try to rush it because you won’t be doing yourself or your work any favors.

Pay the Writer!

E. Latimer talks about advance checks and the importance of making sure writers are paid.

Pinterest for Writers!

Desiraye Williams gives a pinterest tutorial for those interested in utilizing pinterest for inspiration, but not sure how to operate it.

Plagiarism

Calyn Morgan talks about plagiarism and how it should be dead but for some reason, it isn’t.

Preparing for Pitch Wars

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to prepare for Pitch Wars, the amazing writing contest put on by Brenda Drake!

Preparing for Pitch Wars

Meghan Jashinsky talks about Pitch Wars–a writing contest that helps authors hone their work and get it into the hands of literary agents–and what you need to do to prepare for it.

Prepping to Co-Author a Book

Meghan Jashinsky talks about the things you need to keep in mind when you’ve decided to try writing a book with another writer.

READ IN YOUR GENRE!!!

Erica Crouch discusses the importance of reading the genre that you write.

Reading for Research

E. Latimer talks about reading books with the intent of improving your own writing.

Realism in Fiction

E. Latimer talks about making the smaller details realistic when you’re already asking your readers to suspend their disbelief for larger things.

Rejection and Dejection

In this Sunday Special live chat, the Wordnerds discuss the awful, inevitable realities of failure, and how you can keep a positive outlook throughout the whole publishing process.

Revisions and Waiting

E. Latimer talks about the importance of patience in the writing industry. Don’t rush the things you can control!

Running an Online Writing Group

Kellie, Erin, Meghan, and Kyra share what it’s like in their writing group, and the mechanics of running a writing group online.

Scott Westerfeld Gives Writing Advice at YALLFest 2015

Scott Westerfeld shares writing from his childhood, and gives writing advice based on that. Filmed by the WordNerds at YALLFest 2015!

Scrivener

Erica Crouch talks about the word processing program, Scrivener, and introduces you to her five favorite features of it.

SEASON FOUR IS HERE

Season 4 of the WordNerds is here! Join them as they celebrate, tell you what new things you can expect, and answer all of your writing and reading-related questions.

Self-Patience

Emma Gisclair talks about how sometimes it’s important to be patient with yourself and your writing.

ShaelinWrites: Using Specific Details

Shaelin–writer and booktuber/writetuber over at ShaelinWrites–talks about using specific details to enhance your worldbuilding and writing.

Should You Write to Trends?

Erica Crouch talks about trends and whether you should write to them or completely ignore them.

So You Wanna Be a Writer

Emma Gisclair shares some tips to help get you started if you’re considering becoming a writer.

Studying Writing in College

Erica Crouch talks about going to school to write/become and author/work in publishing.

Taking the Plunge (Scrivener and Life)

E. Latimer talks about being reluctant to change when she tried to make the switch to Scrivener, and how it turned out that the change was good for her.

Tamara Woods: Infuse Emotions In Your Writing

Tamara Woods–author of THE SHAPING OF AN “ANGRY” BLACK WOMAN–talks about how to take your writing to the next level by infusing emotions in your sentences.

The Four First Impressions

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about the four first impressions that readers will get of your books–the first sentence, first paragraph, first page, and first chapter.

The Four Firsts of Books

Calyn Morgan introduces the four firsts of books and preps for the upcoming Sunday chat on the same topic.

The Rules of Being a Writer

Emma Gisclair helps you figure out what is a rule about being a writer and what is just someone else’s opinion.

The Writing Process!

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about their writing processes from plotting to the final “The End.”

Three Must-Have Apps for Authors

Erica Crouch shares her three favorite productivity/writing apps.

Tips for Young Writers

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds give tips for young (whether in age or writing years) writers.

Traditional vs. Self Taught

Desiraye Williams talks about the benefits of both teaching yourself how to write and learning how to write through formal learning (i.e. classes).

Trends in Publishing

Rachel Sargeant talks about publishing trends and whether or not you should write to trends.

Truth Time!

Kellie Sheridan talks about some of the hard truths of being a writer.

TWIST THE KNIFE

Erica Crouch talks about making your characters (and by extension, your readers) hurt.

Types of Classes for a Publishing Degree

Rachel Sargeant talks about studying publishing in school and what that might entail.

Using a Pen Name

Kellie Sheridan shares some things to consider when you are trying to decide if you will use a pen name.

Using Real Life in Stories

E. Latimer talks about how we as writers use real-life experiences to gain inspiration and inform our writing.

Waiting for Writers 101

Every writer has to wait, no matter which publishing path you take. E. Latimer tells you how to make the waiting a little more bearable.

WE LOVE YA!

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds discuss why they love kidlit!

Websites for TV Writers!

Desiraye Williams shares some of the best websites to help those interested in writing for TV.

Websites That Writers Should Be a Part Of!

Desiraye Williams talks about some of the best websites for writers to check out/utilize.

What Scares You?

Meghan Jashinsky talks about a great method to get new ideas when writing horror or other scary things.

When to Shelve a WiP

Katherine Bogle–author of the award-winning novel, HAVEN–talks about how to determine whether it’s time to shelve a work in progress or find a different publishing path for your book.

Whose Advice Do I Listen To?

Erica Crouch talks about how to determine which publishing advice you should be taking.

Word Counts (Over & Under)

Erica Crouch talks about whether she thinks it’s easier to expand or to cut scenes. Would you rather come out over your word count goal or under it?

Word Counts?

Meghan Jashinsky talks about word counts, and what you should aim for when writing your book.

WORDNERDS RETURN 2K17

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds answer your writing questions and get pumped for 2017!

WordNerds Workshop!

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds answer any and all of your burning literary related questions!

Write What You Know

Kellie Sheridan talks about whether you should follow the age old advice to write what you know.