Book review – What Editors Do (Spoiler Free)

 "Being an editor is a lifelong apprenticeship: the books you read, the jobs you have, influence your approach to any given text. Yet in a sense I'm the same editor I was at the beginning of my career, an idealistic former literature student who took pleasure in books whose form and content I understood to … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do (Spoiler Free)

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

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:

Healthy reminder:

To be a great writer, someone has to get upset with your work. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true. All famous writers, including J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, and John Green, have made some reviewers angry before. One well-known author, Rudyard Kipling, had a review say: “...you just don’t know how to use the … Continue reading Healthy reminder:

Less than or equal to?

There's always awards - a winner - when it comes to creative arts. A favorite to pick. But it doesn't have to be that way. I attended a music festival a while back. I stood surrounded by different genres and styles. Artists with more stage lights and fireworks played at the end. Those artists, of … Continue reading Less than or equal to?

Creativity is a fire

During my sophomore year, my writing professor sat at a cheap table in our new classroom. Since it was the first day of class, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since everyone sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out an earbud to listen in … Continue reading Creativity is a fire

Tricks to winning editing battles

Editing your own work is a difficult battle for everyone. The need of editors comes into reality. Not everyone can afford editors though. 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 have emerged … Continue reading Tricks to winning editing battles

Writer vs writer

What if you can choose your battle? You can choose which person you’ll fight while they critique you. One’s a writer like you. Your weaknesses are in the spotlight. An average reader stands behind the other door. This reader sees your weaknesses sometimes but  never points them out if you’re good enough. Which do you … Continue reading Writer vs writer

Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.” ― Lindsey Stirling, The Only Pirate at the Party Title: The Only Pirate at the Party Author: Lindsey Stirling Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 254 Publication date: January 12th, 2016 Publisher: Gallery Books As I flip through the pages of The … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

Discouraging writers

I’ve noticed something discouraging among some famous authors: laziness. I've seen many writers lax their writings after hitting fame. For example, one of my favorite authors uses passive voice more when she writes. I’m sure I would’ve noticed before, but I’ve found tons of passive voice in one of her recent books. Either way, her … Continue reading Discouraging writers