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Character names

The other day, Hank Green made a video, answering questions about his new book. I had to pause the video at one point, because he said something about writing characters that is so true. "You put in a placeholder and that becomes their name. And you can't ever change it because you cannot imagine that character … Continue reading Character names

Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

I got the wonderful opportunity to interview Brian H. Peterson. Brian is a multitalented artist that writes books, takes photos, plays music, and more. I wrote a book review about his book earlier this month. Thank you, Brian, for this lovely opportunity. What inspired you to write this book? Was it an event or did an idea … Continue reading Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that's the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying "I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” - Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes... Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

What writing classes always are…

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Those are only intro classes. Writing classes, also known as writing workshops, never have over eighteen people usually. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we … Continue reading What writing classes always are…

Inspiring quotes

Every writer - even I - ends up searching the Internet for some kind of inspiration at some point. We end up at places like Pinterest, scrolling through quote after quote. After a while, those quotes become quite inspiring. Here's some encouraging quotes I've found lately: "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." … Continue reading Inspiring quotes

My number #1 trick to editing novels

Novels are hard manuscripts to edit. Usually, writers have tons of notepads and factual lists to keep up with. The whole editing process can seem overwhelming. I’ve discovered multiple novel editing tips from my experience. The best one though is almost not even considered editing at all. Because instead of editing, I rewrite. I’ve mentioned rewriting … Continue reading My number #1 trick to editing novels

How to you know you’re done editing/improving your work

A: Once I do good enough to get a good review, I know I was successful. B: How do you get a good review though? A: By being great. Make them have only good things to critique about your work. B: Ehh... Kind of. A: Kind of? B: Think about it this way. You make … Continue reading How to you know you’re done editing/improving your work

Are we human?

Writers are always strange people. Perhaps we're not even people at all. Not many people - in the whole world - can create an entire world from nothing. Something as small as a 65 character text could turn into a 70,000 novel without even trying. But are we human if we're gods of our own … Continue reading Are we human?

Creative way to know your characters

Vivid characters are an essential part to any story. Without strong characters, the story can seem uninteresting and fall apart. Understanding your characters is a good way to develop them. One creative way to explore your characters is to find songs that describe them personally. For example, I have a character named Victoria who's fighting … Continue reading Creative way to know your characters