Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

Lately with my busy schedule, I've perfected a new art form: skimming. I didn't mean to. I open a book with the intent to read every single word and get the most out of it. But sometimes I'm there for the story plot rather than the writing. The words on the page aren't as smooth … Continue reading Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

What to do with your not-so-great blogs

As a blogger, it’s critical to write the best posts to attract more people and keep your audience. But no one - not even the perfect blogger - can write amazing blogs every time. So, what do we do with the not-so-great ones? Do we delete them? That’d clean up the clutter, but wouldn’t that … Continue reading What to do with your not-so-great blogs

Counting rejections

I could play video games or read a book, but I always end up checking my email to find another rejection. I can't remember how many rejections I've gotten now. All from small magazines and such. I'll send in some poetry or short stories, but I get the same reply back. My whole Submittable page … Continue reading Counting rejections

Meet other writers and get connections

Writing is an isolated lifestyle since most of it happens alone. But making connections and getting yourself out there is a key for writers. One of the best ways to meet other writers/editors is at conferences. At conferences, you can learn new concepts and understand your craft better. You'll also get to meet a variety … Continue reading Meet other writers and get connections

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 love self-publishing. Some never write for a paycheck. Others hope their novels spread hope or make it to the best seller’s list. But having that writing … Continue reading Being creatively exhausted

Tips for self-publishing

Self-publishing allows writers to publish anything they want. But marketing is harder. That said, here's some tips to help self-published books be more marketable: 1) Make sure your manuscript is perfect Hiring a professional editor is the best way to go. It can be a lot of money, but it's a huge turnoff to find … 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 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