NaNoWriMo Update!

We're just a bit over halfway through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) right now. No matter how many words you've written, just remember that you're an amazing writer and have accomplished something. I'm proud of what you've done so far. You've done an awesome job! For me? I'm at 25,099 words so far. I still … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update!

Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my publishing mentor gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. An editor, he said, must be the associate publisher of his own books." - Calvert D. Morgan Jr. Title: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Editor: Peter … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

Inspiring quotes

Every writer - even I - 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 become quite inspiring. Here's some encouraging quotes I've found lately: "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." … Continue reading Inspiring quotes

Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

it only takes a second or two to look into their eyes and decide whether you're home or at just another perfectly decorated house ― Noor Unnahar, Yesterday I Was the Moon Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon Author: Noor Unnahar Genre: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 160 Publication date: March 27th 2018 Publisher:Clarkson Potter Publishers I was given Yesterday I Was the … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

What book saved me?

I stopped reading when I was about six. That’s strange to say, right? Here I am: a storyteller, a writer. But I also have a tough past with reading. Around first grade, I got tired of being tested for reading. I hated reading something just to get brought hard comprehension questions. I didn’t understand any … Continue reading What book saved me?

Not acceptable stories

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publication companies don't accept "cliché" or "unoriginal" ideas anymore, because it's harder to market just another vampire story now. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Writing origins

Sometimes I think it's good to look back at where you came from. For me, I started as a small girl in Dallas. I tried writing a novel about puppies with super powers in a Captain Jack Sparrow journal. I handwrote many chapters that took up about half the journal before I quit. I had a … Continue reading Writing origins

Battles with the word “said”

Many writers love the word “said”. They use it for every piece of dialogue they can. However, “said” can be overused. Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand the story, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include: Announced … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”

Books of the Year (2017)

Over the past year, I read almost fifty books. Thanks to college, I probably read more than that. With so many great stories, it was difficult to choose one to look back on for 2017. So, instead, I chose a whole list of them. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) - Ransom Riggs This … Continue reading Books of the Year (2017)

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 It has been a while since I read … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)