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Dear AJ: I write because…

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Alejandro Lopez

April 16, 2019

Hello fellow readers! With my dwindling weeks to graduation and forced push to becoming a working member of society, I decided to have a little fun with this post. As an English major, as a professional writer and as a journalist, I often get asked why I write. It’s a question I’ve been asked...

Write anyway

Write anyway

Ben Shirani

September 7, 2017

As often as civil rights issues make headlines, they still tend to affect our daily lives in ways that are difficult to explain in the news. The constant media attention focused on Muslim bans and violent non-state actors (terrorists) changes the way people think about Arab Americans in general. My best a...

What it means to be a writer

Editorial staff

August 22, 2017

Being a writer means having a passion for words and the structure of communication. There are many sides to being a writer. There are worlds inside a creative writer’s mind that other people cannot even begin to fathom. On the other side, the technicalities of language are engaging, and the task of...

How Do You Relax?

January 21, 2015

I do enjoy a bit of fun here and there. I find it quite relaxing in the face of all my work and stress. Surprising to some, my fun has mostly come through enjoying a light nap in a sunny field. Just basking in that sunlight feels so damn good, y’know? But of course, the weather isn’t all too fa...

Unlicensed-Professional Advice for Writing A Novel or Other Works: 2

November 17, 2014

If you made it through last week’s Unlicensed-Professional Advice, then you have successfully made it to the section where I will discuss the importance of knowing and selecting a genre for your writing. The simplest choice, albeit the wrong choice, is not choosing a genre at all. If you sta...

Unlicensed-Professional Advice for Writing A Novel or Other Works: 1

November 17, 2014

Over the next several weeks, I will give writers (creative, hobbyist, beginner, explorative, etc.) insight on a writing process that I have found works best for short stories and novels. Poem writers are free to read too, but who writes those things anymore? That is a joke of course. Topics that...