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)

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 got to talk 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 … Continue reading Difference in success

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that's the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying "I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” - Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes... Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

What book saved me?

I stopped reading when I was about six. That’s strange to say, right? Here I am: a storyteller, a writer. But I also have a tough past with reading. Around first grade, I got tired of being tested for reading. I hated reading something just to get brought hard comprehension questions. I didn’t understand any … Continue reading What book saved me?

Battles with the word “said”

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

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

Friendly Writing Reminder

To create worlds that no one has ever seen before, we must cry, bleed, and smile. Life isn't just the sunny side. We need a thunderstorm to give others a rainbow. So, if it seems like it's not going your way or that you may not even be able to publish anymore, remember that it's … Continue reading Friendly Writing Reminder

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