Do I write for writers or for the readers? The obvious answer would be for the readers, because their opinions are what I need. They're the ones who buy books, read books, and write the reviews. They're the ones who will get excited to see me if I write well. But writers are the ones … Continue reading To writers? To readers?
Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)
Managing stress is essential for any job. It's hard to balance work (even if it's more like a hobby) with life in general. It can feel as if it's impossible to get everything done. While listening to Ear Biscuits the other day, I heard a great quote about that: "It's probably the case that feeling like … Continue reading How do we manage the stress?
Sometimes, writers need something to relate to. Here's a list of relatable writer-ness: "My imagination is so wild and vivacious that I often find reality to be quite disappointing." -from an unknown Whisper user "The one time you actually feel like writing, you have no clue what to write." -writingproblems #68, Tumblr user "Writers see the world differently. … Continue reading Relating to writers
I haven’t written a blog in months. How terrible is that? I want to, but I end up writing essays for my teachers instead. My writing is controlled by what needs to get done. I’ve seen this in other writers before too. It’s our job right? We’re here to make sure everyone’s happy before we … Continue reading Writer’s guilt
there's no greater movement inside of me than when their faces shine bright from something I've created from nothing the something may make me cry make me fall into self-doubt but there's beauty from the pain the beauty brings smiles onto people's faces the smiles give me a rushed feeling the rushed feeling beckons me … Continue reading Why I write
As writers, we don't hear what we need to hear as often as we should. So, I will tell you. It's amazing that you have a story idea. You sat down to write today? Great job! You wrote a beautiful sentence? You go you! Wrote a paragraph? Fantastic! Wrote a page? Awesome! Wrote a chapter? Amazing! Finished … Continue reading Every writer needs this
“Hey,” Jenny asked me one day, “isn’t this character doing like what we talked about the other day?” I glanced over, looking down at the laptop. It had one of my recent stories. I was thinking about expanding it more, but I wasn’t sure at the time. I did recognize the character’s actions though. “Yeah,” … Continue reading Real life in fiction
“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
Every writer needs critiques. As I’ve posted here before, critiques from beta readers help writers improve their work. But that doesn’t mean that every critique a writer gets is helpful. Critiques point out what may not be working well in a story. But they’re all suggestions. No one has to follow word-for-word with what every … Continue reading Terrible critiques vs amazing critiques