I found a great quote about writing characters on Pinterest the other day. "Something I recently learned about writing is that a character should never stop feeling flawed. It doesn't matter how much (positive) development they go through, a realistic character doesn't completely erase their flaws at the end of the story, and that's okay! You're never … Continue reading Want to write great characters?
I've mentioned that beta readers are useful on here before, which most of them are. But some can be harmful. A beta reader edited my novel a couple of years ago. He didn't read through it all though, but instead tore it apart and asked me to write it again. I thought through his advice … Continue reading One of the greatest mistakes
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.
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. But 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 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
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
I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Writing classes, also known as workshops, never have over eighteen people. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we introduce ourselves for almost seven minutes each. … Continue reading What writing classes are like
“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
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:
People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publishing companies don't accept "cliché" ideas since it's harder to market stories. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves Mermaids Character waking up at the beginning … Continue reading Not acceptable stories