The Amateur’s Guide to Joyful Writing

This guide is not primarily about joyful writing in the sense that your readers will enjoy themselves. It’s more about how you, as the writer, can enjoy what you’re doing. I’ve kept this site alive for 18-ish years now, and I’ve learned a few tricks along the way. The guide probably won’t make you a better writer, though, because in that field I’ve got little to teach.

But it doesn’t matter much that you suck at writing as long as you love doing it.

Everything I write these days is published on this site, which is powered by WordPress. So when it comes to the tools of the trade, WordPress will be the main focus. You should, however, be able to apply everything else in the guide to your writing, regardless of the tools you’re normally using.

So without further ado, here’s the guide everyone’s talking about:

Scrabble letters spelling the word “word”.
Writing ain’t that hard. You just have to get all the letters and words in the correct order.

A woman with a cold, dead stare clutching a typewriter to her chest. Blank pieces of paper are falling from the sky around her.
If you’re suddenly able to throw papers around through sheer will, and get the thousand mile stare, it’s probably a good idea to take a break.


As always, let’s include a little disclaimer: When you take advice from some random fella on the internet, take it with a grain of salt. Everything in this guide is based on personal experience, and has absolutely no root in research and academia. If anything in here is something a professor in a writing class would recommend, it’s purely coincidental.


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