rachel giesel | real+good writing

You’re a writer who’s already got the basics. You know what a protagonist is and you get how stories generally work. You’ve studied creative writing in some shape or form and you get it. You have lots of stories – both already written and still-to-be-written. You dream of being a full-time writer, making a career from all these words and accurately capturing the human experience while you’re at it. You know you want to write and you know how to write, but you’re looking for something more.

You’re looking for tips and tricks and talks that can help you keep improving. You want to create stories that speak the truth and make readers fall in love with them. You want to take your writing up a notch, make it both Real and Good.

if you're a serious writer who wants to work harder, think deeper, and write better, YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

Real+Good Writing is designed to take your writing to the next level. You'll find discussions about the writing life, solutions to the troubles that plague today's aspiring writer, in-depth studies of the master writers, prompts to fix your writer's block, and techniques to take back to your writing practice. You’ll find writing conversationslessons, workshops, and classes. This is writing education, an advanced masterclass to help you level-up into Real+Good Writing.

HOW DO you be a real+good writer?

Step #1: Join the Real+Good Writer's Club

The club is an exclusive area filled with premium-level content. It's full of actionable worksheets, workbooks, articles, case-studies, courses, and interviews designed to help you take your writing to the next level. And there's always new stuff being added. Club members are always the first to know about awesome new stuff on the blog, and they get special love-letter emails from me with actionable tips and writing prompts.

And it's FREE!

Basically, it's amaze-balls. Want in?


The biggest lesson I learned that FREED me as a writer had nothing to do with craft or style. Instead, it had to do with myself. It changed my life so much that I made an online course all about how you can do it too. The Real+Good Writer's DNA digs into the core of your writer self. What makes you a writer unlike any other? This 12-day course digs into the stuff that makes you who you are so you can be free to write what you want. If you want to make a Real+Good writing life for yourself, get back to the basics and figure out who you are first. This is the heart, the foundation to all your writing dreams.

And, it's FREE too. 

Get instant access to your Writer's DNA right here.


If you want to be a writer, a "Real+Good" Writer, you've got to actually be writing some things. Get off the internet and work on your stories. When you get stuck, come back and learn a little. This site is my advanced masterclass of how to take your fiction writing to the next level and make it be the best it can be. 

A good place to start would be some recent posts on the blog or the whole archived collection in the library.

Wait, what IS "Real+Good Writing"? 

(Hint: It doesn't mean I suck at grammar, I promise.) 

Real+Good Writing was born when I got sick of reading about the basics. There's a TON of writing resources out there. Some of them are good. Most of them are not. A lot are simple, formulaic, and cliched. A lot have filler, fluffy-fluff, waste-of-time advice. I wanted something more – something real, something good. I was ready to level-up. 

That's when I committed myself to designing a high-level writing education that was Real and Good. I create and curate only the best-of-the-best. If something is "Real+Good Writing," it's authentic and genuine. It's strong and made of high-quality stuff. It's honest, transparent, and constantly seeking the truth. It's a high standard to live up to, but it's a necessary commitment to succeed. 

(It's also my initials – R.G. – get it?).


I’m a digital word-nerd, a literary being, a writer. 

I exude writer-ness. I can’t help it! So I’m dedicated to educating, encouraging, and expanding the writer community. I’m here to help you take your writing to the next level, and be the writer you were always meant to be.

I'm on this never-ending quest for Real+Good Writing just like you. And I’m documenting my journey to provide a road-map for you. I’m here as a friend – a friend that’s on the same road you are, feeling the same fears, struggling with the same failures, and striving for the same success. I'm not perfect (I'll be a student of the craft forever), but I want to be a master writer. I want to achieve Real+Good Writing. And that's why I'm here.

I have a Bachelor’s in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from Allegheny College, where I won the Ione Sandberg Shriber Young Writer Award. I'm a writing education addict, having studied writing in Greece, on the internet through the University of Iowa's online course, and anywhere else I can find quality lessons. In the past I’ve self-published a how-to guide on writing and publishing, received awards for my short stories, taught creative writing workshops, managed literary magazines, and given away 140+ free books in one single night to spread the joy of literature.

I’ve been blogging inconsistently since 2011 under the Writing Wonder brand, the predecessor to this site. So whether I’m reading, writing, or sharing this passion with others, my superhero character is always “Writing Wonder Woman.”

Fun Facts: I write literary fiction. I have an adorable gray cat, Oscar, named after the titular character in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I love the Oxford comma (you'll never change my mind!).  


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