A writer habit

I always end up listening to people's words and writing them down. It's worse when I'm in class. I'll be sitting down, writing notes or a blog down, and somehow I hear a great line to write down. My margins are filled with other people's words. They're diagonal and lopsided. I can't even remember where … Continue reading A writer habit

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

NaNoWriMo writers, good luck

NaNoWriMo is coming up, which can be quite a stressful time for writers. If you haven't heard, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a writing competition where writers write a whole novel - 50,000 words - in a month. It's a great way to get a fresh draft out there. However, NaNoWriMo can be discouraging. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo writers, good luck

Time is essential

There’s a great quote when it comes to creativity. “Someone told me to be selfless But we are helpless without attention So if no one's paying attention Then does my voice get to your headphones? You start thinking about the clock ticks You get nervous, you start stressing So how am I supposed to fit … Continue reading Time is essential

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:

A reminder for writers

Sometimes a good story doesn't come nor get written quickly. It can seem as if we're sitting for days, waiting for something to happen. But - remember - that something good never pops up instantly. It takes time. After some time passes, you'll see how brilliant your story is and so will others.

Waiting forever

After writers send their work out to be critiqued, it can feel as if forever stands in front of them. Time has stopped. Even as life goes by, nothing happens to them. They wait, filled with butterflies. Days and months and years all feel like lifetimes. Perhaps it's because they're nervous. They just sent their … Continue reading Waiting forever

Writing breaks

Overworking is easy for a writer. Writers are constantly thinking of poetic lines and/or story developments. After a while, our stories can get mixed up and everything written comes out forced. But is it even possible for a writer to take a break? Kind of. We can psychically stop writing down stories or ideas. We … Continue reading Writing breaks

Cheating with Writing Prompts

As someone who participates in many Facebook writing groups, I've come across a lot of different writing motivation, memes, and beliefs. One of those beliefs is about how writing prompts are "cheating". Honestly, I never thought writing prompts are cheating before. Sometimes I mix different prompt ideas together until I think of something new altogether. … Continue reading Cheating with Writing Prompts