When to tell instead of show

We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how you use it. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers understand when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts … Continue reading When to tell instead of show

Book review – Chin Music Rhubarb (Spoiler Free)

“All the memories of his mother and the emotions flooded Layton’s thoughts. He took a deep breath so he didn’t drown in them. Alright, I think it’s time I break the news to her.” Title: Chin Music RhubarbAuthor: Eamon LoingsighGenre: FictionPages: 283 pagesPublication date: March 18, 2021 Chin Music Rhubarb isn't the type of story … Continue reading Book review – Chin Music Rhubarb (Spoiler Free)

Best books of 2020

I'm going to be more consistent with these. Like last year, I'll give you the Goodreads blurbs of my favorite books that I read this year. (I did it differently in 2017 and 2018.) Boy Oh Boy by Zachary Doss —Boy Oh Boy is a collection of queer fabulist stories and flash fictions told via … Continue reading Best books of 2020

NaNoWriMo update — #3

NaNoWriMo is almost over! Four days left (if you count today)! I'm in about the same spot still. I can reach the 50,000 words goal by the 30th; I have less than 10,000 left. I should be able to sit down one day and write a lot this weekend. I've started to notice that I … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update — #3

NaNoWriMo update — #2

The third full week of NaNoWriMo is about to pass! It feels like it went by too quick for me to catch, though most of the year has been like that. So far, I'm still a bit behind on NaNoWriMo. However, I haven't gotten more behind. I've stayed on track every day this week; I … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update — #2

2 a.m. questions

How many writers stopped writing because they couldn’t afford the hobby? How many artists gave up after they felt like no one was paying attention to them? How many writers stopped because they felt they weren’t good enough? How many wonderful artists go unnoticed every day? How many writers will eventually be swallowed up by … Continue reading 2 a.m. questions

Just around the corner: NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner. It’s time to get all of our ideas together. (If you're confused on what NaNoWriMo is, I talk about it more in-depth here.) For me, as I'm writing this, I have less of an idea than I should. I'm not sure if I want to … Continue reading Just around the corner: NaNoWriMo

What I wish I saw more in books

I’ve read countless books and loved them, but I also feel that there are parts of life that many books don’t mention. There is so much that doesn’t make it to the bookshelves. As a disclaimer, most of the books I’ve read are YA fiction, so this is mostly criticizing that genre. But some of … Continue reading What I wish I saw more in books

Common writer mistakes #9

#9 — Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his back away from Laurencia, careful not to let Laurenica see the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

How does a book become a book? – part one

Books become books in different ways, but they usually take the same general path. But how does that work? Here's a general sense from a manuscript to a book in hand. #1 - Decide trade vs self-publishing If you want to go into trade publishing, your next step is to get a literary agent. Once … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part one