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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 2

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Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.)

As a reminder: If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over 1,500 words, share it with us: just tag it #longreads on Twitter, or use the longreads tag on WordPress.com.


Before You Know It Something’s Over (Riese Bernard, Autostraddle)

On grieving after the loss of a parent at a young age:

My father died on November 14th, 1995, when I was 14. Every day since the day he died I am one day farther away from him than I was before. This is the truest thing about me. It is the most important and worst thing to ever happen to me. It is me. My father died when I…

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The The Impotence Of Proofreading

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Enjoy, fellow writer nerds.

This comedian beautifully captures the problems with spellcheck. You still need to proofread!

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 1

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Bunch of thought-provoking articles here (although some better written than others).

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Here’s the first official edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve scoured 22% of the internet to create a reading list of great storytelling — from publishers you already know and love, to some that you may be discovering for the first time.

We’ll be doing more of these reading lists in the weeks and months to come. If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over 1,500 words, share it with us: just tag it #longreads on Twitter, or use the longreads tag on WordPress.com.

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Tickets for Restaurants (Nick Kokonas, Alinea)

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How the owners of world-class restaurants including Alinea created their own custom ticketing system:

Though I hadn’t the faintest idea how we would sell tickets, Grant and I included the line: “Tickets, yes tickets, go on sale soon…” in the announcement ‘trailer’ for Next. That was meant to do three things: 1) gauge…

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7 Myths About Being A Writer

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The deeper I dive into the writing world, the more I realize that all of the above it true.

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You’ve heard them. I’ve heard them. We’ve all probably heard them at some point. They’re old myths and bad information on what it’s like, or what you need, to be a writer.

The life of a writer is portrayed one way. But, for most everyday writers, it’s pretty far removed from that portrayal.

I hope I can add some limited clarity to what it’s like being a writer, and why these are indeed myths.

So here are 7 myths about being a writer.

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Return me to th…

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Return me to those infant years,
before I woke from sleep,

when ideas were oceans crashing,
my dreams blank shores of sand.

“Before the World Intruded” — Michele Rosenthal

Male Novelist Jokes

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Male Novelist Jokes

I’m not a fan of defining writer habits by gender because writing traits authors have can be had by anyone, regardless of gender. Not all male novelists are this way nor are all female novelists that way. If you’re a shitty writer and a person who refuses to look beyond society’s say-so on who you should be, stereotypes of whoever you’re supposed to be will become evident and prevail throughout your writing. Hell, you probably are who you’re “supposed” to be and you never truly considered the drawbacks of exactly following society’s grove.

Instead of taking these jokes as jabs at the male novelist community, I take them as jabs at shitty writers who also happen to be total conformists and male. Enjoy.

The Style Sheet That Influenced Hemingway

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Hemingway, why do you keep impressing me?

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This is a copy of the style sheet Ernest Hemingway used while working at The Kansas City Star early in his career as a writer.

It’s a little difficult to read. But if you can read it, there’s still a lot of good, relevant advice in there–especially considering he used it in 1917.

Hemingway said he was heavily influenced by this style sheet throughout his career.

Take a look at the PDF.

Notice the first few sentences in the top left of the page: “Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English.”

Yeah, that’s definitely Hemingway.

Some other excerpts:

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