Writing advice for the writer who wants to be better than they were the day before

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I’m a professional Hugo Award finalist editor and writer with work appearing in top publications like Rue Morgue, Tordotcom, Vice, WIRED, and more. This is my place for you, the writer who wants to learn from someone in the trenches.

I not only share my advice, but I offer advice from other professionals in the writing, editing, and publishing field. I believe you can become the writer you want to be. With this, the path will be clearer for you, too.

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Learn the language that can change your future.

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I’ve been attempting to learn more programming languages to help me code games and see different ways to tell stories. It’s a fascinating and confusing process to start learning how to code in Python language. I wouldn’t say that I’m a born technical writer, but I am an autodidact who has taught herself many skills in short periods of time.

In my time, I’ve come across tons of free online Python courses, but not everyone is really worth the time. I want to save people who want to learn Python the hassle I had to go through. These are the…


Bonuses may be the new norm, but only if you follow the top writer practice that Medium rewards.

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So it seems we’re in the land of new money. Medium’s giving out bonuses to those who write stories that are ‘thought-provoking’. Of course, there’s the caveat of ‘regularly publishing’ those stories to stay ahead of the tide of content mill writing.

If you got the below email, you’re probably feeling in good shape and have a firm grasp on what you need to do to keep earning. Many people, like the ~28,000 other writers who didn’t get bonuses, are scratching their heads trying to understand the magic formula to earnings.


A starter guide to understanding the nonfiction and technical forms of writing.

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Nonfiction

When I did the fiction and poetry tutorials, I started off by giving a definition of what each was. I thought it was helpful for some people because those forms can be confusing. For nonfiction, when it comes to understanding the form, I feel as though that route wouldn’t be helpful.

What is nonfiction writing?

What comes up most often when talking about nonfiction is all of the different types of forms and not so much its definition. Many writers don’t see that the nonfiction form is much more expansive than the fiction form. Sometimes, oftentimes actually, nonfiction forms blend…


Where do we find our rhythm in the practice of craft?

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A follower and loyal reader Trip Jensen recently commented on one of my stories. The subjects and concerns he brought up felt like they were a bit bigger than a simple comment back. From what he said, my mind began racing with ideas about writing routines and cadences.

What types of writing routines are most helpful? What are my own writing routines and those of my readers?

So, as I’ve done in the past, I’ve decided to open up Trip’s comment as a longer post. …


Techniques, strategies, and more that have helped countless writers reach their career goals and land top writing gigs.

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How do you get better at writing? What ways do you practice your craft so that you’re a better writer than you were yesterday?

These are sometimes hard questions to answer. How can we know in what ways we need to grow if someone isn’t there showing and guiding us? That’s why I tend to write my tutorials on writing so that it’s easy for you to identify what steps you need to take. I want you to learn how to write through exercises and practice not by simply writing.

Every month, I expand on my writing tutorials offering new…


My writing spread across pages and papers, codes and screens.

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My Books

The day is almost here for my books to drop. It’s super exciting and nerve-wracking and time-consuming, but very much so worth it. I’m sure I’ve talked about them a bit with you and advertised them here, but just in case you’re unaware, I wanted you to know what exactly it is I’ll be releasing.

Well, I write a lot and have for years. So much so that I have over 200 unpublished pieces. Some of them are better than others. …


Over 20 different types of stories and poems to help guide you in deciding which is right for your piece.

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Fiction

The desk dictionary that sits beside me defines fiction as a noun. It is prose, literary works of imagination; invented statement, or story (Collins Webster’s Dictionary). It is not real, something that we create in our minds.

But just because it’s made up in our minds doesn’t mean it has to be unreal. Many fictions are informed and created with a sense of reality. The use of the term literary in the definition, to me, makes it seem inaccessible.

Not everyone wants to write literary works. Having a story be literary or not doesn’t determine whether or not you’re writing…


Let’s build and grow and celebrate together while we each try and ride this wild beast called the writer’s life.

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Let’s Connect

Every couple of weeks, I share a bit of my reader’s group newsletter on here. I do this so that my followers and readers who aren’t subscribed can still stay connected. I’ve really loved doing this and have found that readers like sharing their recent wins, too.

So, please, share what you’re working on down in the comments. If you see someone else has shared a win or a setback, feel free to reach out and connect. It’s nice to know that we’re not all in this alone. …


Dope! Thank you! Sorry it took me a second to respond—I caught this just as I was going on my weekend. I would love to interview you for it.

I have a contact email address for you because I get your newsletters. Is that a good one to reach out to you with? If you have another one to offer, feel free to drop it as a private comment and I'll send over the info ASAP.

Thank you sooooo much again!

Aigner Loren Wilson

Over 200 published pieces. Thought provoking prose and poetry. Better Humans | Tordotcom | The Startup | Better Marketing. Follow to level up your writing.

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