A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Eventually the editing has to stop, right? All the hours to days to months to years of editing that one certain story cannot keep going on. It's difficult to stop. It's more difficult to get your stories out there and known however. Many literary agents love to accept writers that already have a name for … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Oh. You want the truth?

Oh. You want the truth? It’s a bit messy. It’s the joke your friends make that you shyly laugh off. It’s the smiles and tears that come when someone finally sees the end. It’s the hours upon hours of sitting in one place, hoping the mixture of words turn out better than where it started … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?

#1 writing mistake

Over the years, I've read through hundreds of different novels and short stories from published and non-published writers. One mistake sticks out in both crowds: needing to show the story instead of telling it. Telling a story is when a writer blandly states something in their story. An example of this would be: There was mist … Continue reading #1 writing mistake

Joy of Writing

A deadline always stares at you. Or perhaps the goal you set for yourself is already years behind you. Another rejection letter sinks in your trashcan. Or maybe another critic just couldn't make it through your piece without ripping it to shreds. Either way, sometimes it's difficult to remember the joys of writing. Creating something … Continue reading Joy of Writing

A writer’s journey (part four) – editing like crazy

Writing never stops and neither does editing. I’ve found that I almost enjoy editing a piece more than writing one sometimes. At the end of the day, I like to say: “Look how much this piece has grown! It has more character developments and world details. It also flows more since I took out the … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part four) – editing like crazy

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

Home

It’s simply insane sometimes Of how much we put into our lives Only hoping the memory of us will live For others to come   I have heard stories of others Of how they stood bravely Only fighting on their hopes and dreams For the life they desired   Yet those who love, find another … Continue reading Home

Tricks to winning editing battles

Editing your own work is a difficult battle for every writer. Therefore, the need of editors comes into reality. However, not everyone can afford editors. Depending on how good the editor is or how long the novel is, the cost of an editor can go way over $1,000. Sometimes more than $2,000. But some tricks … Continue reading Tricks to winning editing battles

Writer vs Writer

What if you can choose your battle? Two doors stand before you and you can choose which person behind the door you’ll fight while they critique you. One’s a writer like you. That person’s strengths are like yours and your weaknesses are in the spotlight. An average reader stands behind the other door. This reader … Continue reading Writer vs Writer

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