Difference in success

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 talked 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 publishing field. … Continue reading Difference in success

Recommended books by professionals

During an English major panel I attended, professional writers and editors recommended different books. Those books were: Chicago Manuel of Style Elements of Style The War of Art These books are important to the writing field. I've used the Chicago Manuel of Style many times before. I enjoy the online edition the most because it's easier … Continue reading Recommended books by professionals

Inspiring quotes

Every writer 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 help. Here's some encouraging quotes I've found lately: "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." - Richard Bach "If you don't … Continue reading Inspiring quotes

My number #1 trick to editing novels

Manuscripts are hard to edit. There's tons of notepads and factual lists to keep up with. The whole editing process can seem overwhelming. The best tip I've found is almost not even considered editing at all. Because instead of editing, I rewrite. I’ve mentioned rewriting on here before. I put my old manuscript on the top … Continue reading My number #1 trick to editing novels

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

A: Once I do 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 films, … Continue reading How to you know you’re done editing/improving your work

A creative way to get 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. For example, I have a character named Victoria who's fighting on … Continue reading A creative way to get to know your characters

Writing adverbs

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” - Stephen King Adverbs are some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for some writers. Though it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate your story and … Continue reading Writing adverbs

Ways to inspire a writer to write:

Here's some inspirational tasks for writers to get the creative spark they need to write: Travel somewhere (even if it's just around your neighborhood) Listen to some podcasts Read new books Watch people interact See other artists' artwork Listen to new or old music Create a writing community Read some quotes Exercise Set deadlines Watch … Continue reading Ways to inspire a writer to write:

An artist’s fear

Many creative people are afraid to release their work. Which seems strange at the same time. We create this being - a book or an album or a painting or so - for the world to see. We design something new all together, knowing someone will see it one day. But that's the exact concept … Continue reading An artist’s fear

Time is essential

There’s a great quote when it comes to creativity. “Someone told me to be selfless But we are helpless without attention So if no one's paying attention Then does my voice get to your headphones? You start thinking about the clock ticks You get nervous, you start stressing So how am I supposed to fit … Continue reading Time is essential