Where story ideas come from

Some of my best ideas come from one of the strangest places: the shower. I'm not sure how or why this happens. Perhaps it's from the hot water hitting me. Or maybe blobs of creative ideas hide in our shower systems to seep into our minds. Or perhaps shampoo pushes creativeness into our minds at … Continue reading Where story ideas come from

Best Books of 2018

Since 2018 is over, it's time to catch up on all the great books that came out that we might have missed. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green "The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship--like a … Continue reading Best Books of 2018

Time is essential

There’s a great quote when it comes to creativity. “Someone told me to be selfless But we are helpless without attention So if no one's paying attention Then does my voice get to your headphones? You start thinking about the clock ticks You get nervous, you start stressing So how am I supposed to fit … Continue reading Time is essential

Being creatively exhausted

Having a writing goal can destroy a writer. Every writer has his or her own ideals of where he or she wants to be in the writing world. Some are fine just self publishing. Some never write for a paycheck. Others hope their novels spread hope or make it to the best seller’s list. But … Continue reading Being creatively exhausted

Tips for self-publishing

Self publishing can bring a good profit and allows writers to publish anything they want. However, marketing is harder, especially since it's easy to pick out a self-published book over a traditionally published book. Self-published books just look less professional on average. That said, here's some tips to help make self-published books look more professional: … Continue reading Tips for self-publishing

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 Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

The Best Ideas for Stories

As a writer, story ideas always flow in and out of me. They sometimes come at inconvenient times like showers when I can’t write anything down. I memorize the words, repeating them over and over until I can get some written down. Those words are never as good as the originals. Some ideas flow out … Continue reading The Best Ideas for Stories

Writer Motivation

I'll let you in on a secret: You’re going to be someone’s favorite author one day. One of your characters will be someone’s favorite character. Someone’s going to debate the best way to cosplay as one of your characters. Someone’s going to quote you. Someone will have a tattoo of your words. Someone’s going to … Continue reading Writer Motivation

Internship’s Best Stories

For the past year, I had the lovely opportunity of being the nonfiction editor for the  North Texas Review (NTR). Through this internship, I chose stories that would be published, communicated with writers/artists, edited stories, and more. I'm proud of all the writers and artists that have been accepted it into NTR, whether for the journal … Continue reading Internship’s Best Stories

Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)

“I'd been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents' tragedy” ― Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Title: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Author: Alison Bechdel Genre: Nonfiction Pages: 232 Publication date: June 5th, 2007 Publisher: Mariner Books Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic may be known as one of … Continue reading Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)