Creativity is a fire

My sophomore year, my college writing professor sat at a simple cheap table in our new classroom. Being the first day of class and not knowing anyone there, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out … Continue reading Creativity is a fire

Blogs without the love (2017)

Sometimes with the way the world works, not all of my posts are known well. Some of my best posts have drowned in the water before it could swim. Not many new people will look back on them anymore. However, just because they're old, doesn't mean they're lost forever. As the year comes to an … Continue reading Blogs without the love (2017)

Tricks to winning editing battles

Editing your own work is a difficult battle for every writer. Therefore, the need of editors comes into reality. However, not everyone can afford editors. 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 … Continue reading Tricks to winning editing battles

Is college holding me back?

College is supposed to help me, right? But why do I feel like it's holding me back? Instead of writing short stories to get my name out there, I'm writing essays over British poems in the Romantic era. Instead of editing my novel more, I'm learning about different Japanese grammar points. I'm not making connections … Continue reading Is college holding me back?

Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.” ― Lindsey Stirling, The Only Pirate at the Party Title: The Only Pirate at the Party Author: Lindsey Stirling Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 254 Publication date: January 12th, 2016 Publisher: Gallery Books It has been a while since I read … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

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

I can't remember what day it was anymore. Probably around March four years ago, Lily sat down in front of me in the band room. She had her tablet 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 as everyone … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part two) – writer’s platform

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 called Snow Like Ashes, Sara comes … 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 when she writes now. I’m sure I would’ve noticed it before when I was … 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 I read these days mix languages into their stories. They don’t have descriptions of scenery in another language or so though, because I might end up throwing the book across the room as I try to decipher letters that … Continue reading Using foreign languages in stories

A writer’s journey (part one) – research

I couldn't remember the pivotal moment in my writing career anymore, but something had 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 … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part one) – research