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

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

Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

it only takes a second or two to look into their eyes and decide whether you're home or at just another perfectly decorated house ― Noor Unnahar, Yesterday I Was the Moon Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon Author: Noor Unnahar Genre: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 160 Publication date: March 27th 2018 Publisher:Clarkson Potter Publishers I was given Yesterday I Was the … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

Healthy reminder:

To be a great writer, someone has to get upset with the writer’s work. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Many famous writers, including J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, and John Green, all have been successful in their careers. But they also made some reviewers angry. One well-known author, Rudyard Kipling, had a review … Continue reading Healthy reminder:

Book review – So Much I Want to Tell You (Spoiler Free)

“Remember that the world we can see is the one that really matters, and never lose sight of that.” ― Anna Akana, So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister Title: So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister Author: Anna Akana Genre: nonfiction Pages: 208 Publication date: June … Continue reading Book review – So Much I Want to Tell You (Spoiler Free)

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?

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