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The Best of W.A.W.

The Very Best of 2016
On "Crappy" Social Justice Teachers
Trust the Police?
Four Things Your Editor May Not Tell You (But You Should Know) By Bethany Brengan
Six Ways to Not Actually Write
Privilege of Daily Writing and the Ableism of Prescribing It  Part 2
10 Reasons to Write Daily–Accentuate The Positive
Where to Submit Your Short Pieces and (Hopefully, Eventually) Get Published (Bethany Brengan)
SJB on Guns and Mental Illness and the Stories We Tell
Don't Make it so Damned Hard
Three Stories from the Train

2016's Greatest Hits By Month

The Very Best of 2015
Helping The Purple People (How Privilege Changes The Story) 
The Trope Skinny 
The Dangerous Intersection 
A Year of Diverse Authors (Cue Literary Frenzy) 
15 Things A Very Cute Toddler Taught Me About Writing (Part 1)  
Why Do I Hate NaNoWriMo? (FAQ)  
Terry Pratchett and "Real" Literature 
Controlling the Narrative: A Case Study within Baltimore 
Sister Act II and How to Know if You Should Be a Writer
The P.C. Police! (Mailbox)

2015's Greatest Hits By Month

The Very Best of 2014
Coming Out as Feminist Let's stop pretending, shall we?
20 Shritstorm Narratives and What's Wrong With Them
A Writer Goes to Burning Man A major revision of my article from 2012
On Social Media and Social Justice A strangely popular "jazz hands" post.
No Apologies: A Defense of Why Speculative Fiction Needs No Defense Revised from 2012
An Open Letter to Lynn Shepherd Remember that woman who told JK Rowling not to write?
Elliot Rodger and The MRA/PUA On Writing
Word Crimes Who exactly was Weird Al trolling with this song?
17 Rules of Writing I might have missed a few....or made up a few. Either way.
How Could You Pick E-Pub? How COULD you? (Mailbox) Hater's gonna hate.

Honorable Mention
That Feminist Crap/Social Justice Bard A menu that would have come in 3rd if it were a post.
Why is the Publishing Industry so Whitewashed? (Mailbox) Missed the top ten by 5 hits.

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The Very Best of 2013
Changing the Creepy Guy Narrative A real experience from watching someone on BART be harassed.
The Mailbox: Creepy Guy Feedback (In Four Parts): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
The Mailbox: Why don't you become a REAL Writer Hate mail from a Creative Writing MFA.
The Mailbox: What do I want from Writing About Writing What am I doing, anyway?
A Lit Major Watches Pacific Rim Probably so popular because it was the first post after Creepy Guy.
Prompt: Significant Details Eulogy Can you write one as good as this?
The Mailbox: Strangely Inappropriate Non-Writing Questions Threesomes? Height? Sex? Oh my!
Guest Blogger Amy Puts Down the Smack A guest blogger replies to the daily writing naysayers.
25 Words of Wisdom From Fight Club to Writers Also Part 2  There's some wisdom in this movie!
5 Reasons I Hate that "What the Author Meant" Meme A viral meme that delights in its own ignorance.

Happy Birthday to Writing About Writing A little meta, but W.A.W.'s first birthday got a lot of traffic.

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The Very Best of 2012
20 Ways To Sabotage Yourself As A Writer My first semi-"viral" post on Stumbleupon
Morning Writing (The Lessons of Brande) Eliminate Writer's Block
The Floating Half Hour of Writing Brande's step two to eliminate writer's block.
15 Excuses Writers Make That Aren't Fooling Anyone Writers make lots of excuses.
NaNoWriMo: The Good, The Bad, And the Really Really Ugly
15 Terrifying Things That Will Make You a Better Writer
8 Things Prometheus Can Teach You About How NOT to Write
Grammar Memes
Guest Blogger L.Avjean- Writing Survival Characters: An Undeadly Epiphany
A to Zen of a Writer's Life The ABC's of being a writer.  Literally...

More of 2012's Greatest Hits by Month 


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  2. This place has existed since 2012 and I'm just now discovering it- time to binge-read everything until I'm in my tighty-whiteys at 4:17 A.M. wondering what the hell I'm doing with my existence.