Character names

The other day, Hank Green made a video, answering questions about his new book. I had to pause the video at one point, because he said something about writing characters that is so true. "You put in a placeholder and that becomes their name. And you can't ever change it because you cannot imagine that character … Continue reading Character names

Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

it only takes a second or two to look into their eyes and decide whether you're home or at just another perfectly decorated house ― Noor Unnahar, Yesterday I Was the Moon Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon Author: Noor Unnahar Genre: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 160 Publication date: March 27th 2018 Publisher:Clarkson Potter Publishers I was given Yesterday I Was the … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

Writing Every Day

Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought that I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to improve other than just writing more? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to get better … Continue reading Writing Every Day

A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Eventually the editing has to stop, right? All the hours to days to months to years of editing that one certain story cannot keep going on. It's difficult to stop. It's more difficult to get your stories out there and known however. Many literary agents love to accept writers that already have a name for … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Book review – How to Write Good (Spoiler Free)

“I’ve always set my expectations low and then been pleasantly surprised when a video did well. I’ve found that this is the best way to avoid being disappointed: Lowball yourself in life, and you’ll be fine.” ― Ryan Higa, How to Write Good Title: How to Write Good Author: Ryan Higa Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 224 Publication date: … Continue reading Book review – How to Write Good (Spoiler Free)

Deadliest phrase for creative people

“Next, let’s critique Robin’s piece.” My college professor smiled as everyone in the class pulled out my piece, except me. I felt their eyes turn to me. It didn't help that we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I had nowhere to hide. My teacher might have said the title of my story … Continue reading Deadliest phrase for creative people

Sneaking around to write

For the last few days, I've been sneaking around. Or at least I feel like it. I have everything I need: iPhone, iPad, and a Mac laptop. Trading through them, I always have something to write on even when I'm supposed to be doing something else. Nothing can stop me from writing. Writing isn't something … Continue reading Sneaking around to write

Female Writers

My dreams were crushed by the time I entered high school. All my life, I wanted to be a writer. I told fantasy stories to my grandparents in their backyard when I was about seven. By the time I was in fourth grade, I was writing my first novel in a Pirates of the Caribbean … Continue reading Female Writers

Query letter tips

Even though it may seem so, you’re not alone when you write a query letter. Below are some tips to help make your query the best it can be. Tips: Queries are about half a page long on a Word document. They’re around 200 words. Queries are not meant to be a summary of your novel. Don’t … Continue reading Query letter tips

Query letter structure

Write an awesome hook sentence. The hook sentence is the most important part of your query. It grabs the agent’s attention to make them keep reading. Usually, it mentions an interesting part of the plot. Hook sentences are difficult to make, so don’t get discouraged if it takes a long time to find the right … Continue reading Query letter structure