Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

Lately with my busy schedule, I've perfected a new art form: skimming. I didn't mean to. I open a book with the intent to read every single word and get the most out of it. But sometimes I'm there for the story plot rather than the writing. The words on the page aren't as smooth … Continue reading Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

New Writing Goals

Happy New Year! 2019 is an interesting year for me already as I'm sure it is for you. I have an English degree now with new goals. Writing goals are always important to me. Even if I don't complete them, I get something in life to look forward to, to work towards. My goals this … Continue reading New Writing Goals

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 talked 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 publishing field. … Continue reading Difference in success

Recommended books by professionals

During an English major panel I attended, professional writers and editors recommended different books. Those books were: Chicago Manuel of Style Elements of Style The War of Art These books are important to the writing field. I've used the Chicago Manuel of Style many times before. I enjoy the online edition the most because it's easier … Continue reading Recommended books by professionals

What writing classes are like

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

Battles with the word “said”

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

Jack of all trades

I bet you've heard 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 knowing half of the expression. Jack of all trades, master of none. It put such a downside on learning a variety … Continue reading Jack of all trades

Creativity is a fire

During my sophomore year, my writing professor sat at a cheap table in our new classroom. Since it was the first day of class, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since everyone sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out an earbud to listen in … Continue reading Creativity is a fire

Blogs without the love (2017)

With the way the world works, some of my best posts have drowned in the water before they could swim. Few people will look back on them anymore. But just because they're old, doesn't mean they're lost forever. As the year comes to an end, it's time to remember the whole journey. Here's a list … 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, it made sure the hours ticked by faster than normal. In high school, Time made … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part three) – time management