National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice
Book review – This Splintered Silence
"I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it’s even happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once under too much weight, and without warning." Title: This Splintered SilenceAuthor: Kayla OlsonGenre: Sci-fi, MysteryPages: 368 pagesPublication date: November 13, 2018Publisher: HarperTeen I knew I had to read The Splintered Silence since … Continue reading Book review – This Splintered Silence
Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss
Lately with my busy schedule, I've perfected a new art form: skimming. I didn't mean to. I open a book with the intent to read every single word and get the most out of it. But sometimes I'm there for the story plot rather than the writing. The words on the page aren't as smooth … Continue reading Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss
Does editing make me a better writer?
People suggest writers to read more, but some also suggest editing. Does editing make writers better though? Besides helping with grammar mistakes though, how does editing improve a writer's skill? In a way, it helps me understand the publishing business more. When I was mainly a writer, I knew how the publishing industry worked, but … Continue reading Does editing make me a better writer?
It’s been a while…
It's been a while since I've reminded you of something important: It's all right if you need a day off. It's okay if you feel the need to write ten pages or more. No matter what, if you are determined, you can do it. With time. Whatever your goal with writing is, it will happen. … Continue reading It’s been a while…
Book review – To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (Spoiler Free)
“This was a really amazing part of your adventure, Hamlet. You’re sure that, should you ever one day write a book about this story or perhaps a stage production, you’d DEFINITELY include this scene. Why, you’d have to be literally [ridiculous] to write a story where you journey to England, get attacked by pirates—actual pirates!—but … Continue reading Book review – To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (Spoiler Free)
To all new artists:
For a new artist, being "bad" could be discouraging. It's hard to continue when everything you do is nothing compared to others. Well, I was listening to the podcast Ear Biscuits, and here's what Rhett had to say about it: "I think hopefully one of the things that has been demonstrated here is that: if you … Continue reading To all new artists:
Where story ideas come from
Some of my best ideas come from one of the strangest places: the shower. I'm not sure how or why this happens. Perhaps it's from the hot water hitting me. Or maybe blobs of creative ideas hide in our shower systems to seep into our minds. Or perhaps shampoo pushes creativeness into our heads at … Continue reading Where story ideas come from
After writers send their work out to be critiqued, it can feel as if forever stands in front of them. Time has stopped. Even as life goes by, nothing happens. They wait, filled with butterflies. Days and months and years all feel like lifetimes. Perhaps it's because they're nervous. They sent their work—their child—out for … Continue reading Waiting forever
Ideas for the worst?
Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if it isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always positive. … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?