A small change for female writers

My old coworker got a job at Barnes & Noble and loves it. But she got so frustrated there once because an older man refused to buy a book from any female writer - in 2018. He's the customer that publishers are afraid of. Because some people still believe females cannot write well. Most female writers … Continue reading A small change for female writers

Run dragon

The dragon flapped its heavy wings on top of the tower. Everything – leaves, bushes, flowers – bent down to its power. It let out a hurtling cry, alerting everyone in the country of its presence. I crouched behind a tree, making sure my ear muffs stayed on tight. I didn’t want to lose my … Continue reading Run dragon

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 minds at … Continue reading Where story ideas come from

Why do I want to know about their failures?

During author interviews, many people ask about the final product. They ask about where the book idea came from or how the writer became a writer. But I'd rather know more about how the writer failed. Did any characters disappear in later drafts? Did any scenes get cut? If so, which? Why? Were any scenes added? … Continue reading Why do I want to know about their failures?

Gifts for the winter

Most years, writers get the same blank journals as gifts. But some writers only write on notepads or laptops. Their stash of blank journals get higher. This year, gifts are getting an upgrade. Here's a list of some great gifts for writers: 1) Notepads for a shower As I mentioned before, ideas come in the shower. … Continue reading Gifts for the winter

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)

Not acceptable stories

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publishing companies don't accept "cliché" ideas since it's harder to market stories. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves Mermaids Character waking up at the beginning … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Writing breaks

Overworking is easy for a writer. Writers are constantly thinking of poetic lines and/or story developments. After a while, our stories get mixed up and everything written comes out forced. But is it even possible for a writer to take a break? Kind of. We can psychically stop writing. We can pause and stop ourselves … Continue reading Writing breaks

Where the best stories come from

As a writer, story ideas flow in and out of me. They sometimes come at inconvenient times like showers when I can’t write anything down. I memorize the words, repeating them over and over until I can get something written down. Those words are never as good as the originals. Some ideas flow out of … Continue reading Where the best stories come from

Interpreting stories

In English classes everywhere, writers’ works get interpreted. They will even “find symbolism” that writers never meant. It's like they have an itch to find some deeper meaning. I don’t want people interpreting my stories wrong. I’d rather a fan come up to me or email me, asking me about it. I may address some … Continue reading Interpreting stories