Gifts for the winter

Most years, writers get the same blank journals, ready to be written in, as gifts. However, some writers only write on notepads or laptops. Their stash of blank journals gets higher. This year, gifts are getting an upgrade. Here's a list of some gifts to ask for as a writer or things just to get … Continue reading Gifts for the winter

A congratulations for all

Congratulations! Whether you wrote 50,000 words or even 5,000 this NaNoWriMo season, you're a great writer. The best people push themselves further and that's exactly what NaNoWriMo helps with. I just completed NaNoWriMo myself about one day and four hours before this post was published. For the first time ever, I finished the story around … Continue reading A congratulations for all

People and their characters

People have asked me before if real people influence my characters. I would say yes, but to a point. No single person impacts a character. If anything, multiple people morph together into one character. Two or three people may become one. If I copy and paste a real person into my novel, that's not a … Continue reading People and their characters

Inspiration to busy creators

Sometimes the world may be against you. Everything may seem to fall apart as if you can’t get anything done. But even writing down three words is progress towards a goal. Three more strokes of a painting. Three more pages of a book. A little bit a day can go a long way.

Bad book reviews

I've noticed recently that I haven't reviewed a book that I don't like on this blog before. I have a few reasons for avoiding it. I'm afraid of being too negative. I don't want to trash a work of art that I know the writer spent years on. I don't want to act as if … Continue reading Bad book reviews

Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my publishing mentor gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. An editor, he said, must be the associate publisher of his own books." - Calvert D. Morgan Jr. Title: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Editor: Peter … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

Difference in success

At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterwards, I got to talk with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed towards a CEO in the … Continue reading Difference in success

Recommended books by professionals

During an English major panel that I attended in September, professional writers and editors recommended books. Those books were: Chicago Manuel of Style Elements of Style The War of Art These books are important to the writing and editing field. I've personally used the Chicago Manuel of Style many times before throughout my college career and … Continue reading Recommended books by professionals

Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

I got the wonderful opportunity to interview Brian H. Peterson. Brian is a multitalented artist that writes books, takes photos, plays music, and more. I wrote a book review about his book earlier this month. Thank you, Brian, for this lovely opportunity. What inspired you to write this book? Was it an event or did an idea … Continue reading Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes