Is “said” worthless?

In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?

Writing is hard…

Writing is hard and complex, because it's as subjective as it gets. Sometimes, someone will see the magic in what you wrote. Other times, no one will quite understand what's on the page. It's okay either way. But it's difficult for writers to see it like that. Sour reviews or rejections can make one almost … Continue reading Writing is hard…

Happy 3 year anniversary!

Happy three years! I can't believe it has been three years since I started this blog. It feels like I've been doing this for a while but not three years. This blog has grown so much as well! I never expected to have over 11,000 views in one year. Already, for 2020, I'm blowing last … Continue reading Happy 3 year anniversary!

Creative ways to promote your self-published book

At AWP, I ran into a lot of traditional publishing vs self-publishing. Self-publishing has some different perks and routes, especially when it comes to marketing. A few discussed their creative ways to market their book and themselves. And when I say creative, I mean creative. They gave out some ideas that I had never even … Continue reading Creative ways to promote your self-published book

Need some writer inspiration?

You may feel down or like you're getting so much rejection lately, but let me remind you: not everyone can create worlds from nothing. Not everyone can write words down in a strange way that makes others turn their heads and smile. Not everyone can create adventures with such particular details. No one else can … Continue reading Need some writer inspiration?

To writers who believe they are slow learners or that they are behind

It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get there. Just the fact that you get there is worth it.

Turning out

“He’ll scour the land for you,” society told me.They always whispered delicate words.“He’ll turn over every single stoneUntil he finds you, his one and only.” But boys didn’t even turn my way.They kept their eyes pinned onto the girlsWho change everything they canTo make themselves stars in the skies. Do I need my own spinning … Continue reading Turning out

Common writer mistakes #4

#4 - Common misused words We type a single word. It's spelled correctly. Microsoft Word isn't flagging it either. It sounds right too! But 'I love that Disney fairy tail' doesn't quite sound right. It can get more complicated than that. There are long lists of words that we think we know but we don't. … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #4

Inspiration for the late bloomers

I found a great quote from Sarah Anderson, and I thought I'd repeat it for all my fellow artists out there: It's okay to be a late bloomer. Everyone moves at their own pace. The pressure to do things at a specific time in your life takes away the vital space and thoughtfulness needed to … Continue reading Inspiration for the late bloomers

How many books do you have to write to write a good one?

I've had that question for a while now. How many books do you have to write to write a good one? I knew some authors wrote one book, had a few drafts, and published a brilliant piece of work. Some wrote a few novels before one of theirs got published. Some writers told me that … Continue reading How many books do you have to write to write a good one?