I got three changes coming to this blog. One The major one: starting next week, I'm going to post once a week. I've had a lot of busy weeks this past year. It's getting hard to keep up with posting all the time, especially with my growing freelance business. I also haven't had as much … Continue reading A quick update
Common writing mistakes #18
#18 — When to start new paragraphs Deciding where to start a new paragraph is important. Readers can get confused or lost if everything’s all in one. So, I made a list of the top three reasons to start a new one. Who's speaking changes If a different character talks, start a new paragraph. Having … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #18
Common writing mistakes #17
#17 — Characters with similar names Lately, a lot of writers—myself included—have characters with similar names. For one novel, I found about seven names that all started with the letter j. While we get these names right because we know the characters well, readers, who are learning them, might mix them up. Changing character names … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #17
How many rejections is too many?
A while back, I was on a live stream with Anna Akana when she did something that surprised me. Instead of saying "aw man" or so when I mentioned how many rejections I have gotten, she got excited. She said it was good for me. After the rejections made a mountain on my desk, they … Continue reading How many rejections is too many?
Some NaNoWriMo advice
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice
Happy 2-year anniversary!
It has been two years since I started this blog. A lot has changed. I want to thank everyone who has read my words. I’m grateful even if it was just for one post. I hope everyone has a great day!
Different type of heroes
The older I get, the more I enjoy stories without that fairy tale ending. Instead, they're more realistic. The hero becomes damaged by what they had to do. There's no simple life anymore. Everything has changed. Even if the overall is better, there's no perfect way to save everything. We ask this question all the time … Continue reading Different type of heroes
A small change for female writers
My old coworker got a job at Barnes & Noble and loves it. But she got so frustrated there once because an older man refused to buy a book from any female writer—in 2018. He's the customer that publishers are afraid of. Because some people still believe females cannot write well. Most female writers change their … Continue reading A small change for female writers
Fuel running low
As a creator, we can only create so much before we fall. I don't mean fall where our lives turn into chaos, but rather when we fall onto our beds. That's how I am with this blog some days too. After almost two years, it's getting harder to find new content to write about. Some … Continue reading Fuel running low