Blogs without the love (2017)

With the way the world works, some of my best posts have drowned in the water before they could swim. Few people will look back on them anymore. But just because they're old, doesn't mean they're lost forever. As the year comes to an end, it's time to remember the whole journey. Here's a list … Continue reading Blogs without the love (2017)

Why I write

there's no greater movement inside of me than when their faces shine bright from something I've created from nothing the something may make me cry make me fall into self-doubt but there's beauty from the pain the beauty brings smiles onto people's faces the smiles give me a rushed feeling the rushed feeling beckons me … Continue reading Why I write

Real life in fiction

“Hey,” Jenny asked me one day, “isn’t this character doing like what we talked about the other day?” I glanced over, looking down at the laptop. It had one of my recent stories. I was thinking about expanding it more, but I wasn’t sure at the time. I did recognize the character’s actions though. “Yeah,” … Continue reading Real life in fiction

Deadliest phrase for creative people

“Next, let’s critique Robin’s piece.” My college professor smiled as everyone in the class pulled out my piece, except me. I felt their eyes turn to me. It didn't help that we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I had nowhere to hide. My teacher might have said the title of my story … Continue reading Deadliest phrase for creative people

Terrible critiques vs amazing critiques

Every writer needs critiques. As I’ve posted here before, critiques from beta readers help writers improve their work. But that doesn’t mean that every critique a writer gets is helpful. Critiques point out what may not be working well in a story. But they’re all suggestions. No one has to follow word-for-word with what every … Continue reading Terrible critiques vs amazing critiques

My major writing problem

Whenever I write a novel, I come across a major problem. I’ve created this entire world down to the smallest detail. I know where the mountains end and become the flat lands that will meet a river. I can picture where all the enemy camps are. I know the history of many different families for … Continue reading My major writing problem

Writing is a rollercoaster

8:00am: I understand why almost no one begins a book with a character waking up. They'd all start the same way: dread. There's nothing compelling that makes me want to get out of bed this early. 9:15am: I've woken up enough, but the words in my head are still confused. I'll use "trim" as the … Continue reading Writing is a rollercoaster

Writing worries

‘Guess what.’ I text him. ‘What?’ I pause, not sure of what to text back. I could talk about the bubbling worry inside of me, but I already did that so much. We talked about my anxiety yesterday. He can’t keep being the only person I shout my worries to. But I could tell him. … Continue reading Writing worries

For when a bad critique comes

There are some critiques we get as writers that make us feel worthless. They come at random times and sometimes when we least expect it. In those moments, we’re vulnerable. So, here’s some quotes to remind us why we are here and why we’re still fighting for our voice to be heard. “You have been … Continue reading For when a bad critique comes

A writer’s bitter sweet moment

Books on bookshelves have always been wonderful and intimidating. They stare at me with deadly smiles. On one hand, I’m glad they exist. I want them to pull me away from reality. They can take me anywhere away from here. I can find a lullaby in another’s worries. Sounds strange, but it works every time. … Continue reading A writer’s bitter sweet moment