Book review – Reflection (Spoiler Free)

“I am Fa Mulan, a girl who would sacrifice her life for her family and for China. I am a girl who journeyed into the Underworld to save her friend from dying. I am a girl who has fought battle after battle to finally recognize herself in the mirror. And now I do.” Title: Reflection … Continue reading Book review – Reflection (Spoiler Free)

One of the greatest mistakes

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

A creative way to get to know your characters

Vivid characters are an essential part to any story. Without strong characters, the story can seem uninteresting and fall apart. Understanding your characters is a good way to develop them. One creative way to explore your characters is to find songs that describe them. For example, I have a character named Victoria who's fighting on … Continue reading A creative way to get to know your characters

Not acceptable stories

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 Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves Mermaids Character waking up at the beginning … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Battles with the word “said”

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

Writing every day

Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to get better? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to improve. It didn't matter what was on … Continue reading Writing every day

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