Gifts for the winter

Most years, writers get the same blank journals, ready to be written in, as gifts. However, some writers only write on notepads or laptops. Their stash of blank journals gets higher. This year, gifts are getting an upgrade. Here's a list of some gifts to ask for as a writer or things just to get … Continue reading Gifts for the winter

For all writers:

Attention all writers! Just as a reminder: a rest day is sometimes needed. You've worked a bunch lately and have accomplished a lot even if you can't tell. Take some the time to rest and rejuvenate. You deserve it.

A congratulations for all

Congratulations! Whether you wrote 50,000 words or even 5,000 this NaNoWriMo season, you're a great writer. The best people push themselves further and that's exactly what NaNoWriMo helps with. I just completed NaNoWriMo myself about one day and four hours before this post was published. For the first time ever, I finished the story around … Continue reading A congratulations for all

Stuck in NaNoWriMo

It's easy to get stuck during NaNoWriMo. After writing 31,673 words in 19 days or perhaps even 5,000 words in a few days, what else could be written? The story has a plot, but there's no clear path of where the story is going. I've gotten to this point a lot during this NaNoWriMo. Before … Continue reading Stuck in NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Update!

We're just a bit over halfway through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) right now. No matter how many words you've written, just remember that you're an amazing writer and have accomplished something. I'm proud of what you've done so far. You've done an awesome job! For me? I'm at 25,099 words so far. I still … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update!

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, multiple 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

Bad book reviews

I've noticed recently that I haven't reviewed a book that I don't like on this blog before. I have a few reasons for avoiding it. I'm afraid of being too negative. I don't want to trash a work of art that I know the writer spent years on. I don't want to act as if … Continue reading Bad book reviews

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. However, NaNoWriMo can be discouraging. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo writers, good luck

Difference in success

At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterwards, I got to talk with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed towards a CEO in the … Continue reading Difference in success

My number #1 trick to editing novels

Novels are hard manuscripts to edit. Usually, writers have tons of notepads and factual lists to keep up with. The whole editing process can seem overwhelming. I’ve discovered multiple novel editing tips from my experience. The best one though is almost not even considered editing at all. Because instead of editing, I rewrite. I’ve mentioned rewriting … Continue reading My number #1 trick to editing novels