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

What writing classes always are…

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Those are only intro classes. Writing classes, also known as writing workshops, never have over eighteen people usually. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we … Continue reading What writing classes always are…

Battles with the word “said”

Many writers love the word “said”. They use it for every piece of dialogue they can. However, “said” can be overused. Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand the story, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include: Announced … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”

Jack of all trades

I bet you've heard of the Jack of all trades expression before, but have you heard the full version? Jack of all trades, master of none, though often times better than master of one. I grew up only knowing half of the expression. Jack of all trades, master of none. The expression put such a downside to … Continue reading Jack of all trades

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)

A writer’s journey (part three) – time management

Time had never been my friend. We hit it off a few times and got everything done, but that was rare. Most of the time, we fought and we fought hard. Every time Time knew I had something to do, especially when I was focusing on my writing, it made sure the hours ticked by … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part three) – time management

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?

Your validation

You sit there and tell us your ideals. But When did your ideas validate what my Actions must be? Did you inherit Your crown when you stepped into The room? If I step into another Room, do I get a crown too? My creative words are validated by your red pen But I’d rather play … Continue reading Your validation