First Impressions for Days

You got one chance and you can't throw away your shot. Everyone's watching the stage eagerly. It doesn't matter if it's a song, movie, play, or your novel, the first impression always needs to be top notch. If you can't catch your reader's attention in the first few seconds, there's a good chance you won't catch … Continue reading First Impressions for Days

Friendly Writing Reminder

To create worlds that no one has ever seen before, we must cry, bleed, and smile. Life isn't just the sunny side. We need a thunderstorm to give others a rainbow. So, if it seems like it's not going your way or that you may not even be able to publish anymore, remember that it's … Continue reading Friendly Writing Reminder

#1 writing mistake

Over the years, I've read through hundreds of different novels and short stories from published and non-published writers. One mistake sticks out in both crowds: needing to show the story instead of telling it. Telling a story is when a writer blandly states something in their story. An example of this would be: There was mist … Continue reading #1 writing mistake

Joy of Writing

A deadline always stares at you. Or perhaps the goal you set for yourself is already years behind you. Another rejection letter sinks in your trashcan. Or maybe another critic just couldn't make it through your piece without ripping it to shreds. Either way, sometimes it's difficult to remember the joys of writing. Creating something … Continue reading Joy of Writing

Creativity is a fire

My sophomore year, my college writing professor sat at a simple cheap table in our new classroom. Being the first day of class and not knowing anyone there, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out … Continue reading Creativity is a fire

Tricks to winning editing battles

Editing your own work is a difficult battle for every writer. Therefore, the need of editors comes into reality. However, not everyone can afford editors. Depending on how good the editor is or how long the novel is, the cost of an editor can go way over $1,000. Sometimes more than $2,000. But some tricks … Continue reading Tricks to winning editing battles

Writer vs Writer

What if you can choose your battle? Two doors stand before you and you can choose which person behind the door you’ll fight while they critique you. One’s a writer like you. That person’s strengths are like yours and your weaknesses are in the spotlight. An average reader stands behind the other door. This reader … Continue reading Writer vs Writer

Am I good enough?

There’s one sentence that always haunts a writer’s mind. Am I good enough? The story, which is a part of us, is almost like our own child and it’s scary that our own stories cause us to wonder: Am I good enough? Even if it’s the story that needs to be fixed, the blame is … Continue reading Am I good enough?

Using foreign languages in stories

Not everyone in the world speaks one language, so sometimes your characters shouldn’t either. More books I read these days mix languages into their stories. They don’t have descriptions of scenery in another language or so though, because I might end up throwing the book across the room as I try to decipher letters that … Continue reading Using foreign languages in stories

NaNoWriMo saves me

When I was in 8th grade, I had the choice to pick an elective class that wasn’t band and I picked creative writing. I wanted to take anything that had writing in it that year. I was going through a lot at home and writing provided a good release, so I took every writing chance … Continue reading NaNoWriMo saves me