A writer’s journey (part two) – writer’s platform

I can't remember what day it was anymore, probably around February four years ago, when Lily sat down in front of me in the band room. She had her handheld laptop in her hand. “So, I've been looking up how to be a successful writer,” she said in a soft voice. Of course, I knew … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part two) – writer’s platform

Best of the best so far (books edition)

As writers, we all need great books in our lives. I’ve read over three hundred books before. Here’s some of the best with synopses from Goodreads: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 4.33 rating When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of … Continue reading Best of the best so far (books edition)

Book review – Ice Like Fire (Spoiler Free)

“If stubbornness were all that was needed to be a good queen, I'd rule the world.” ― Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire Title: Ice Like Fire Author: Sara Raasch Genre: YA fantasy Pages: 478 Publication date: October 13th, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers After a great book that had a good complete ending with Snow Like Ashes, Sara … Continue reading Book review – Ice Like Fire (Spoiler Free)

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 and more when she writes. I’m sure I would’ve noticed it before when I … Continue reading Discouraging writers

Using foreign languages in stories

Not everyone in the world speaks one language, so sometimes your characters shouldn’t either. More books that I read these days mix languages into their stories. They don’t have descriptions of scenery in another language or so, because I might end up throwing the book across the room as I try to decipher letters mixed … Continue reading Using foreign languages in stories

A writer’s journey (part one) – research

I can’t remember the pivotal moment in my writing career anymore, but something changed in me between high school and college. In high school, I was writing because I had so many stories inside of me. Words flew out of me all the time and I cared less about who read them. Not many people … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part one) – research

Writing and time

Writing is something I love, but not something I can always do. For a while, I’ve been working forty hours a week. By the time you’re reading this post, I’ll be about halfway through my semester at college with five classes, an internship, working, and keeping up with this blog. I might even be thinking … Continue reading Writing and time

Superchick inspires writers

As writers, inspiration is our fuel. We need inspiration as much as we need water. Growing up, I listened to a band called Superchick. This band is the most inspiring band I’ve ever known. If you've never heard of them until today, check them out. I’ve composed a list of their most inspiring songs. The … Continue reading Superchick inspires writers

Writers = fan girls?

After writing the first draft of your book, you need to expand on it. The deeper the story goes, the stronger it will become. Plot holes need to disappear. Characters should develop more. Backstories must appear. There’s a quick way to do all of this too. Fan girl about your book. You read that right. … Continue reading Writers = fan girls?

Best college professor

When I was a child, I was on top of the world in the writing field. That might be because, to me, I was the only writer that I knew. I edited my own work, which turned out to be me rewriting everything I already wrote. No one could beat me. My friends and family … Continue reading Best college professor