Friendly reminder for writers

If it's hard, it's worth it. Don't give up on your stories, your novels, your writing, or anything else. You got this.

Book review – The Hate U Give (Spoiler Free)

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” ― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give Title: The Hate U Give Author: … Continue reading Book review – The Hate U Give (Spoiler Free)

Book review – What Editors Do (Spoiler Free)

 "Being an editor is a lifelong apprenticeship: the books you read, the jobs you have, influence your approach to any given text. Yet in a sense I'm the same editor I was at the beginning of my career, an idealistic former literature student who took pleasure in books whose form and content I understood to … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do (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 talked 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 publishing field. … 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 those reading tests. I hated reading something just to get asked hard comprehension questions. I didn’t understand any of … Continue reading What book saved me?

Battles with the word “said”

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

Negative critiques destroy

Most of the time, I believe writing's the thing for me. I'm always a good story critic 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 … Continue reading Negative critiques destroy

Friendly writing reminder

To create worlds that no one has seen before, we must cry, bleed, and smile. Life isn't just the sunny side. We need a thunderstorm to get a rainbow. So, if it seems like it's not going your way or that you may not publish anymore, remember it's all a process. It doesn't happen over … Continue reading Friendly writing reminder

Creativity is a fire

During my sophomore year, my writing professor sat at a cheap table in our new classroom. Since it was the first day of class, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since everyone sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out an earbud to listen in … Continue reading Creativity is a fire