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 got to talk 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 … Continue reading Difference in success

Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

I got the wonderful opportunity to interview Brian H. Peterson. Brian is a multitalented artist that writes books, takes photos, plays music, and more. I wrote a book review about his book earlier this month. Thank you, Brian, for this lovely opportunity. What inspired you to write this book? Was it an event or did an idea … Continue reading Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes

Always

There’s a tranquility in storms The world may crash and burn The rain may pour and scream But there’s a glint of light Hope shines from The people surrounding you The dogs loving you They gleam through the wall of water Always.

Cheating with Writing Prompts

As someone who participates in many Facebook writing groups, I've come across a lot of different writing motivation, memes, and beliefs. One of those beliefs is about how writing prompts are "cheating". Honestly, I never thought writing prompts are cheating before. Sometimes I mix different prompt ideas together until I think of something new altogether. … Continue reading Cheating with Writing Prompts

Ideas for the worst?

Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if the story isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?

Writing Exposure Help

The writing world can feel disconnected. We sit in a room and edit by ourselves, wishing for the best. But we can't get our stories out there if we don't have at least a few more conversations than that. One of the best ways I've found to connect with other writers is through Facebook groups. In … Continue reading Writing Exposure Help

Proud Writer Moment

After piles of rejection letters or people's critical advice, it's nice to be accepted every once in a while. Every writer needs to feel the appreciation for the wonderful creative pieces they have made. Last week, my flash fiction piece, "The Forgotten', has gotten accepted by Friday Flash Fiction. This makes me one step closer … Continue reading Proud Writer Moment

Discouraging writers

So, I’ve noticed something discouraging among famous authors: becoming lazy. I've seen many authors - even the top authors in America – lax their writings after hitting fame. For example, one of my favorite authors seems to use passive voice more when she writes now. I’m sure I would’ve noticed it before when I was … Continue reading Discouraging writers

55 Songs to Inspire Creativity

What are we? Writers! What do we need? Musical inspiration! Well, of course. Here’s some of the best songs I’ve found that have either sparked a story inside of me, motivated me to write, or inspired me in general. The ones that inspired me to write are in bold. (I know there’s a bunch of … Continue reading 55 Songs to Inspire Creativity