Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my publishing mentor gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. An editor, he said, must be the associate publisher of his own books." - Calvert D. Morgan Jr. Title: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Editor: Peter … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

How to you know you’re done editing/improving your work

A: Once I do good enough to get a good review, I know I was successful. B: How do you get a good review though? A: By being great. Make them have only good things to critique about your work. B: Ehh... Kind of. A: Kind of? B: Think about it this way. You make … Continue reading How to you know you’re done editing/improving your work

Me VS Other Creative Projects

Other creative works can be frustrating. I've been shown hundreds of different books, movies, music, musicals, and more. But the first thing I do is criticize them every time. I don't mean to though. I always look forward into diving into a new creative world. I want to see something that will blow my mind … Continue reading Me VS Other Creative Projects

Negative Critiques Destroy

Most times, I believe writing's the thing for me. I'm always a good critic of stories and love telling them no matter what. People's reactions to words are always interesting and compelling. But sometimes that changes. I'll get critiques that say I need to take a writing course cause I can't tell a story at … Continue reading Negative Critiques Destroy

Book review – Wolves’ Gambit (Spoiler Free)

"At first I'd envisioned [Lori Grenville] as some sort of super spy. While that was a fun idea, it was wrong. Turns out she's a woman with a mission, and she'll do what it takes to get the job done. She sees herself as being on the side of good even if sometimes she needs … Continue reading Book review – Wolves’ Gambit (Spoiler Free)

Your rejection

The first time I realized something is wrong with me– No. Hold up. Is that wrong of me to say that? When you break me into pieces for something I created can I– No. I’ll start over. Reset. Words on pages have always been my passion. No matter if I write it or not, it’s … Continue reading Your rejection

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

Discouraging writers

So, I’ve noticed something discouraging among famous authors: becoming lazy. I've seen many authors - even the top authors in America – lax their writings after hitting fame. For example, one of my favorite authors seems to use passive voice more when she writes now. I’m sure I would’ve noticed it before when I was … Continue reading Discouraging writers

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

Book review – Carve the Mark (Spoiler Free)

  “I didn't choose the blood that runs in my veins, any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we've become what we were made to become.” ― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark Title: Carve the Mark Author: Veronica Roth Genre: YA science fiction Pages: 468 Publication date: January 17th, 2017 Publisher: HarperCollins Veronica Roth, a … Continue reading Book review – Carve the Mark (Spoiler Free)