People and their characters

People have asked me before if real people influence my characters. I would say yes, but to a point. No single person impacts a character. If anything, many people morph together into one character. Two or three people may become one. If I copy and paste a real person into my novel, that's not a … Continue reading People and their characters

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that’s the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying “I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” – Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes… Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

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 Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon Author: Noor Unnahar Genre: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 160 Publication date: March 27th 2018 Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers I got Yesterday I Was the Moon as a birthday gift … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Being able to write well isn’t the only thing it takes to be a writer. I’ve found that being a valuable editor has helped me with my writing as well. Editors have a keen eye for a troubled story. They know the difference between when to use a comma and when to leave the words … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)

“I'd been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents' tragedy” Title: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Author: Alison Bechdel Genre: Nonfiction Pages: 232 Publication date: June 5th, 2007 Publisher: Mariner Books Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic may be known as a great musical, but it all started as an … Continue reading Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)

Writing exposure help

The writing world can feel disconnected. We sit in a room and edit by ourselves, wishing for the best. But we can't get our stories out there if we don't have at least a few more conversations than that. One of the best ways I've found to connect with other writers is through Facebook groups. In … Continue reading Writing exposure help

Book review – So Much I Want to Tell You (Spoiler Free)

“Remember that the world we can see is the one that really matters, and never lose sight of that.” Title: So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister Author: Anna Akana Genre: nonfiction Pages: 208 Publication date: June 13th, 2017 Publisher: Ballantine Books Anna Akana, best known for her Youtube channel, … Continue reading Book review – So Much I Want to Tell You (Spoiler Free)

Stories in ourselves

Sometimes, as a writer, I feel like my life is more like a book. I can picture the chapters ending with cliffhangers like the divorce. Or what I was gonna do when I was first offered drugs in high school. But sometimes my life is too anti-climatic for that. Like when I got offered drugs, … Continue reading Stories in ourselves