Battles with the word “said”

Many writers love the word “said” or at least they use it a lot. I’ve noticed this throughout many novels and in my college workshops. They’ll use “said” for every piece of dialogue they can. However, the word “said” can be an overused dialogue tag. Reading “said” gives the reader nothing into the story. However … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”

Negative Critiques Destroy

Most times, I believe writing's the thing for me. I'm always a good critic of stories and love telling them no matter what. People's reactions to words are always interesting and compelling. But sometimes that changes. I'll get critiques that say I need to take a writing course cause I can't tell a story at … Continue reading Negative Critiques Destroy

Interpreting stories

In English classes everywhere and in the hands of nerdy fans, writers’ works get interpreted. They will even “find symbolism” that writers never meant. They just have an itch to find some deeper meaning. I don’t want people interpreting my stories wrong. I’d rather a fan come up to me or email me, asking me about … Continue reading Interpreting stories

Fancy Words

Fernweh.       Solivagant.       Paracosm. The words sound great, but what do they mean? Writers come across this issue all the time. Most of us are logophiles, which means we love words almost too much. We like words from different languages or just interesting words we find in general that no one knows … Continue reading Fancy Words

Writer Motivation

I'll let you in on a secret: You’re going to be someone’s favorite author one day. One of your characters will be someone’s favorite character. Someone’s going to debate the best way to cosplay as one of your characters. Someone’s going to quote you. Someone will have a tattoo of your words. Someone’s going to … Continue reading Writer Motivation

Relating to Writers

Sometimes, all writers need is something to relate to. Here's a list of relatable writer-ness: "My imagination is so wild and vivacious that I often find reality to be quite disappointing." -from an unknown Whisper user "The one time you actually feel like writing, you have no clue what to write." -writingproblems #68, Tumblr user "Writers see the … Continue reading Relating to Writers

Writing Exposure Help

The writing world can feel disconnected. We sit in a room and edit by ourselves, wishing for the best. But we can't get our stories out there if we don't have at least a few more conversations than that. One of the best ways I've found to connect with other writers is through Facebook groups. In … Continue reading Writing Exposure Help

Am I writing too big?

Can people dream too big? Is it too much to want to change the world? Perhaps I thought of doing that too early on.  I loved every time I made someone smile as a kid. I wanted more of it. Craved it. Writing was my forte out of everything, so I decided to change the … Continue reading Am I writing too big?

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