"We're a family, Ellen, but we're not all the same. And that's a good thing." Title: Ellen Outside the Lines Author: A. J. Sass Genre: MG Fiction Pages: 336 pages Publication date: March 22, 2022 I can’t remember exactly where I first heard of Ellen Outside The Lines. I’ve seen that cover so many times … Continue reading Book review – Ellen Outside the Lines (Spoiler Free)
First lines given – #11
Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Ash! She said: This line can go in so many ways! Here we go: "We forgot someone," Apollo says. "No, we didn't," I snap. He gives me one of those … Continue reading First lines given – #11
10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads
Happy Pride Month! There are a lot of awesome LGBTQIA+ books out there that don't get the spotlight as much. So, here's a list of some great stories (with their Goodreads blurbs) to check out. Amulet of Wishes — Rita A. Rubin The Guardians are the protectors of Aloseria. They are the keepers of the … Continue reading 10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads
To writers who fear the first draft
Dear writers who are afraid of the first draft, It's all right. As cliché as it might sound, we've all been there with a blank page hovering in front of us. Uneven plot lines. Characters with blue eyes one page and brown eyes twenty pages later. Ideas swarm around in our heads, but none make … Continue reading To writers who fear the first draft
How do I keep track of my poems to submit?
On a recent writer's journey post, I mentioned that I keep track of my poems, but I didn't explain how. So, today, I'm going to show how I do that. Here's a basic rundown of what an empty template looks like: You can do this in Microsoft Word or Excel. I prefer Word. I make … Continue reading How do I keep track of my poems to submit?
Keep going, writers
This is around the time when NaNoWriMo looks harder than it is. It's tough for anyone to write so many words in such a small amount of time. Life throws a lot of curveballs. But just cause you get a curveball thrown at you, doesn't mean you can't hit the ball. You can do it. … Continue reading Keep going, writers
Just a quick reminder
The end of the year tends to be busy, but don't let that stop you. Your goals and dreams are waiting for you at the end of the finish line. Reach out a little farther. Find pockets of time between the couch. Look into the mirror and smile at what you've already accomplished. You can … Continue reading Just a quick reminder
First lines given – #10
Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Jaya! She said: I absolutely love this first line. Here we go: And the gale came shrieking like a woman mourning the loss of her man, but you welcomed it … Continue reading First lines given – #10
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 raised my hand and … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?
First lines given – #9.5
Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. So, you might remember the first line is by Innerdialects. She said: I got a request to continue the story a bit more. Here's the first one in case you missed it, and here's the … Continue reading First lines given – #9.5