A plan to go down in flames

Most humans believe that I will save the world. Tragic. They see me fly with my golden wings stretched out. The clouds brush by and create this sort of weird halo effect around me, so it must be a “sign.” But these humans look for signs under beds like that’ll say if they need ice … Continue reading A plan to go down in flames

2021 goal updates

I found that I'm better at achieving my goals if I write them down and then check back on them later. So, in December, I wrote down some goals that I'm going to go through now. Get a job in publishing Kind of. I have been applying to publishing jobs since January, but I haven't … Continue reading 2021 goal updates

Best way to show instead of tell

Showing instead of telling is difficult. Most of the time, it's hard to think of how to show something. I forgot who gave me this writing tip, but it's one of the best ones I know: show through action. Or, in other words, show through your character interacting with the world. Here's an example: It … Continue reading Best way to show instead of tell

Top 9 sci-fi books I’ve read so far

I did one over fantasy, so I thought it would be good to do a sci-fi one as well. I usually read soft sci-fi, which explores the soft sciences and relates to fantasy instead of hard sci-fi, which has a lot of math. Since I don’t read many popular sci-fi books, most of these may … Continue reading Top 9 sci-fi books I’ve read so far

Book review – The Further Selected Poems of K Morris (Spoiler Free)

“Footprints will go, / Covered by snow. / And this dear England of mine— / Is it all in my mind?” Title: The Further Selected Poems of K MorrisAuthor: K MorrisGenre: PoetryPages: 86 pagesPublication date: February 28, 2021 I enjoyed reading K Morris' book, Light and Shade, so I also picked up The Further Selected … Continue reading Book review – The Further Selected Poems of K Morris (Spoiler Free)

Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

3 tips to spice up your dialogue

Dialogue is critical. It's not necessary—many stories don't have it—but in stories where it's present, it needs to flow and keep the story going. That can be hard though. Small talk keeps the story still. Sometimes dialogue can feel like an info dump. So, how do we keep it interesting? Goals Give every character a goal—usually … Continue reading 3 tips to spice up your dialogue

When to tell instead of show

We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how you use it. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers understand when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts … Continue reading When to tell instead of show

Book review – Chin Music Rhubarb (Spoiler Free)

“All the memories of his mother and the emotions flooded Layton’s thoughts. He took a deep breath so he didn’t drown in them. Alright, I think it’s time I break the news to her.” Title: Chin Music RhubarbAuthor: Eamon LoingsighGenre: FictionPages: 283 pagesPublication date: March 18, 2021 Chin Music Rhubarb isn't the type of story … Continue reading Book review – Chin Music Rhubarb (Spoiler Free)

What fantasy writers need in their stories

I attended Fantasy Writer’s Week from ProWritingAid, and one of my favorite talks was over an emotion writers should focus on: wonder. Wonder is a sweet mix between surprise and admiration. Bringing wonder into a story allows the reader to get more immersed in an unfamiliar world. It makes them want to know more. Dave … Continue reading What fantasy writers need in their stories