Attention all writers! Just as a reminder: a rest day is sometimes needed. You've worked a bunch lately and have accomplished a lot even if you can't tell. Take some the time to rest and rejuvenate. You deserve it.
Stories are pieced together strangely. I can tell you a story about a hero. She saved many children by keeping them away from harm. She may have used violence to stop her enemies, but the children were always safe at the end of the day. She gave the most she could and never asked for … Continue reading Which side of the story?
It's easy to get stuck during NaNoWriMo. After writing 31,673 words in 19 days or perhaps even 5,000 words in a few days, what else could be written? The story has a plot, but there's no clear path of where the story is going. I've gotten to this point a lot during this NaNoWriMo. Before … Continue reading Stuck in NaNoWriMo
People have asked me before if real people influence my characters. I would say yes, but to a point. No single person impacts a character. If anything, multiple people morph together into one character. Two or three people may become one. If I copy and paste a real person into my novel, that's not a … Continue reading People and their characters
Sometimes the world may be against you. Everything may seem to fall apart as if you can’t get anything done. But even writing down three words is progress towards a goal. Three more strokes of a painting. Three more pages of a book. A little bit a day can go a long way.
NaNoWriMo is coming up, which can be quite a stressful time for writers. If you haven't heard, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a writing competition where writers write a whole novel - 50,000 words - in a month. It's a great way to get a fresh draft out there. However, NaNoWriMo can be discouraging. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo writers, good luck
At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterwards, I got to talk with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed towards a CEO in the … Continue reading Difference in success
During an English major panel that I attended in September, professional writers and editors recommended books. Those books were: Chicago Manuel of Style Elements of Style The War of Art These books are important to the writing and editing field. I've personally used the Chicago Manuel of Style many times before throughout my college career and … Continue reading Recommended books by professionals
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
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