Sierra Ret is an enthusiastic homeschool student with an insatiable love for reading and story telling. She divides her time between writing stories for competitions and producing nonfiction for jaBlog! and other freelance assignments. Sierra is the winner of the 2015 Polly Prize for Creative Writing.

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Music: Does it Help or Hinder Your Writing?

by Sierra Ret, jaBlog! Blogger   Does listening to music help or hinder the writing process? This question is as widely contested among individuals as it is among professional authors and neuroscientists. To say that the brain is a vastly complex place is an understatement, so it makes sense that the debate over what gets...
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Does the Size of a Writer’s Vocabulary Matter?

by Sierra Ret, jaBlog! Blogger   “The vocabularies of the majority of high-school pupils are amazingly small. I always try to use simple English, and yet I have talked to classes when quite a minority of the pupils did not comprehend more than half of what I said.” ―M.W. Smith, 1889 Here we have another...
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Freelancing: The Wealth of Upwork (part 2)

by Sierra Ret, Age 17, Canada   The first Upwork job that I was successfully hired for was to write a 10,000-word eBook about a university student’s adventures as she backpacked through Europe. It took hours of research (it’s a bit difficult to write about the menus of Romanian hostels if you’ve never been to...
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