NaNoWriMo writers, good luck

NaNoWriMo is coming up, which can be quite a stressful time for writers. If you haven't heard, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a writing competition where writers write a whole novel - 50,000 words - in a month. It's a great way to get a fresh draft out there. But NaNoWriMo can be discouraging. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo writers, good luck

Writer motivation

I'll let you in on a secret: You’re going to be someone’s favorite author one day. One of your characters will be someone’s favorite character. Someone’s going to debate the best way to cosplay as one of your characters. Someone’s going to quote you. Someone will have a tattoo of your words. Someone’s going to … Continue reading Writer motivation

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

Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.” ― Lindsey Stirling, The Only Pirate at the Party Title: The Only Pirate at the Party Author: Lindsey Stirling Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 254 Publication date: January 12th, 2016 Publisher: Gallery Books As I flip through the pages of The … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

Best of the best so far (books edition)

As writers, we all need great books in our lives. Here’s some of the best books I know with synopses from Goodreads: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 4.33 rating When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something … Continue reading Best of the best so far (books edition)

Book review – Ice Like Fire (Spoiler Free)

“If stubbornness were all that was needed to be a good queen, I'd rule the world.” ― Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire Title: Ice Like Fire Author: Sara Raasch Genre: YA fantasy Pages: 478 Publication date: October 13th, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers After a great book with a good complete ending called Snow Like Ashes, Sara comes back … Continue reading Book review – Ice Like Fire (Spoiler Free)

Discouraging writers

I’ve noticed something discouraging among some famous authors: laziness. I've seen many writers lax their writings after hitting fame. For example, one of my favorite authors uses passive voice more when she writes. I’m sure I would’ve noticed before, but I’ve found tons of passive voice in one of her recent books. Either way, her … Continue reading Discouraging writers

A writer’s journey (part one) – research

I can't remember the pivotal moment in my writing career anymore. But something changed in me between high school and college. In high school, I wrote because I had so many stories inside of me. I cared less about who read them. I kept my manuscripts - all three of them - behind closed doors. … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part one) – research

55 songs to inspire creativity

What are we? Writers! What do we need? Musical inspiration! Well, of course. Here’s some songs I’ve found that have either sparked a story, motivated me to write, or inspired me in general. (I know there’s a bunch of songs, but I did go through over 1,500 songs.) Believe in Me – Demi Lovato Bleeding … Continue reading 55 songs to inspire creativity

Superchick inspiring writers

As writers, inspiration is our fuel. We need it as much as we need water. Growing up, I listened to a band called Superchick all the time. It's is the most inspiring band I’ve ever known. If you've never heard of them until today, check them out. I’ve composed a list of their most inspiring … Continue reading Superchick inspiring writers