The Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing

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Even though from a distance it may look like everyone has the same pattern, the stripes between zebras differ. There are subtle nuances that allow the zebras to tell each other apart.

In many ways this summarizes the different types of writing covered in this book. Every type of writing tells a story. But there are subtle differences to each. Horror stories focus on exploring our fears while novellas focus on character development. Knowing how to write each type of genre, you begin to differentiate the “zebras”. Rather than seeing a herd of black and white animals, you see ones that have diagonal stripes, vertical, maybe even some horizontal stripes. You begin to appreciate the nuances because you can tell the difference where everyone else just see black and white.

This is what I hope to accomplish in this book. To help you see the nuances of writing and appreciate the diversity contained therein. Welcome to the Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing, our second book as a company. If you have any comments, concerns, or ideas for our next book, please contact us and let us know.

Cody Jackson
Founder, Stitch Writing. more “The Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing”

New Year’s Resolutions Reexamined

Have you ever been gung-ho about making New Year’s resolutions, written them down, and then abandoned them after a week?

I have.

In fact, most of the time I forget about my goals the same day I write them down. I know, it’s pathetic. It’s  frustrating when you commit to a change and fail to follow through. There are hundreds of articles on the internet on how to prevent this. I’ve read enough of them and I think I’m not alone in believing that there has to be a more effective way to go about goals.

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Why is Star Wars So Memorable?

This post was originally published on May 4, 2017. In light of the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it has been updated with views from the latest movie.

Today marks the annual Star Wars celebration, May the Fourth! In honor of such yearly momentous occasion, I think it would be cool to look at why Star Wars has been one of the most remembered stories of all time.  more “Why is Star Wars So Memorable?”

What the Fight for Net Neutrality Means for My Business Part 2

With the FCC’s vote to end net neutrality, I wanted to write a response since I originally posted my views here. I know this is a charged topic that people feel passionate about, so before I begin, I just want to say that both sides of the argument have merit. I want to share my feelings and point of view. It doesn’t mean I’m right, I’m just trying to make the best decisions with the information that I have. If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine. Should you want to talk more about it, please comment.

Back in July I posted about the FCC opening up a period of comments so people could let the FCC know where they stood on ending the net neutrality rules that were enacted in 2015 during Obama’s presidency. In order to understand net neutrality, you have to understand where the internet service providers (ISPs) have come from. more “What the Fight for Net Neutrality Means for My Business Part 2”

What Halloween Has Taught Me About Customer Experience

This post was originally written for MaritzCX’s CX Cafe blog. Since it’s Halloween and customer experience is important to us here at Stitch Writing, I felt it would be appropriate to post here.

Halloween night 2007 was the perfect Halloween. I was old enough to go trick or treating without an adult, but young enough to not have my neighbors wonder why I was still asking for candy. My younger siblings were in bed being too little to join in on the candy collecting festivities of the evening. I planned to go out early and stay out late, and canvased the neighborhood to maximize my candy income. 

The first few hours played out like a typical Halloween—lots of kids walking from door-to-door with their parents while others were getting scared from fog machines on the doorstep. My candy flow was unyielding. Everything was going as planned. Then, it started to get late. In my little middle-school brain, I figured being out late would be the best time to get even more candy. The smaller trick-or-treaters would be in bed—therefore leaving more candy for those of us that decided to stay out late. What actually happened, made me rethink my strategy. more “What Halloween Has Taught Me About Customer Experience”

The Architecture of Creativity

Lately, I’ve been reading the book, The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. It’s about architecture and two boys who decide to pursue careers in it. Upon graduation, they pursue two very different paths to get where they want to. The story is about the consequences of those choices. In addition to generating an interest in architecture, it brings up some good points about what creativity is. In this post I’d like to talk about defining creativity using the main character’s remarks as a basis. more “The Architecture of Creativity”

The Stitched Up Guide to Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization, or SEO is a term foreign to many. Oftentimes people who have heard about it say that it is how you get on page one of Google. While SEO can certainly help you do that, there is more to it and it isn’t that easy. This guide I’ve put together is going to answer a lot of your questions about optimization of your website. Let’s start with the most basic question: what is search engine optimization? more “The Stitched Up Guide to Search Engine Optimization”

Classics and A Room With a View

When people read classics…wait, stop there. They don’t. Not unless it’s for school. Let me start again. When people read classics for school, what comes to mind is often dry, hard to understand stories that nobody reads. Stories that when read, automatically mark you as “refined” and a part of the “literary avante-garde” just for enduring them.  There is a small percentage of the population however, that enjoys reading them of their own free will. I am one of those. By no means would I label myself as refined or a hoity-toity look-at-me-I-read-classics type of person. I’m just curious. Yes, there are still times when I pass out reading because I’m bored. But that’s not the point.

The classic I will to review today and use as a case study breaks the mold of traditional classics. The dialogue is unexpected, the story great, and sheds light on the world in an unexpected way. The book is “A Room With a View” by Edward Forster Morgan.  more “Classics and A Room With a View”