So, I watch Ted Talks from time to time. One of them caught my eye recently, and I decided to share it with y'all. It's called "The danger of a single story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Towards the beginning, she mentions how: "All my characters were white and blue-eyed. They played in the snow. They … Continue reading We can't tell a "single story"
Editing is essential. As writers, we all need some type of editing. Even me, who is trained in editing, is not the best editor for my own work. There are mistakes that our brains cannot find in our stories, our children. So, editors become our biggest helpers. What's great is that some editors will give … Continue reading One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor
I asked for poetry advice once. Gave out a few poems. Out of the two that answered, only one responded. What I got was: "Read more poetry books." I've read poetry, but I asked for a critique. So, I only assumed that my work was terrible. A disaster. I'm not sure what else to think … Continue reading I asked for poetry advice once and…
#3 - Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. "Please, Elie," I begged. "You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please." See how the 'please' is repeated? It didn't seem to overdo the dialogue, because it was separated out by two full sentences. It felt smooth, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice
I've noticed that when things get hard, some people shut down. They don't like the chapter they wrote, so they get so frustrated that they can't do anything. Or perhaps they are struggling to find the perfect word with twenty dictionary tabs open. Their foot taps at a hundred beats per minute while their mind … Continue reading What to do if your writing/art frustrates you
Back again for #2! #2 - Vagueness for tension I wanted to talk about vagueness today. A novel I edited kept saying "him" and "his death" for twenty or so pages before actually explaining who he was. Instead of feeling a sense of curiosity, I felt more confused. I kept wondering who he was and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #2
On the first day of class, eighteen students sat in a circle, facing each other as awkward as can be. We didn't really look at each other, and most of us had no idea what we were doing there. Our teacher leaned forward and turned to look at each of us. She asked how long … Continue reading Can you stop writing – take a break – for “too long”?
I'm not a big fan of social media, but I do get on Pinterest a lot. What I've found lately is some random writing ideas. They could be from pictures of someone's tumblr asking for representation or just a funny picture I saw. Sometimes it could be a writing aspect to practice or something I had … Continue reading A place to find writing ideas
Advertisements can be weird depending on where you’re from. I visited London recently and noticed how they advertise arts more than I’m used to in southern America. They had so many ads for musicals or plays. I didn’t see as many for books though. It’s good to look into this when wanting to advertise worldwide. … Continue reading Ads around the world