Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by LJ! She said: Love the imagery in this one. Here's the result: I looked out the window at the rain trickling down the glass. The droplets raced each other down. … Continue reading First lines given – #4
Shield your daughterThe world’s gonna get her Teach her what’s right and wrongTell her that your 神* is the one But she must know magic isn’t realBefore even watching Frozen She can’t hang out with "bad" kidsShe ends up with your older friends But she’s old enough now thatHer shield’s gonna crash down Soon, she’ll … Continue reading All shields break
I don't know about you, but I always like different kinds of stories. Not the same love stories that repeat on the radio, movies, and books. But rather stories that you can't quite describe by saying, "Oh! This story's like my other favorite show." It has a bit of uniqueness that is hard to describe. … Continue reading A different kind of story
The older I get, the more I enjoy stories without that fairy tale ending. Instead, they're more realistic. The hero becomes damaged by what they had to do. There's no simple life anymore. Everything has changed. Even if the overall is better, there's no perfect way to save everything. We ask this question all the time … Continue reading Different type of heroes
My old coworker got a job at Barnes & Noble and loves it. But she got so frustrated there once because an older man refused to buy a book from any female writer—in 2018. He's the customer that publishers are afraid of. Because some people still believe females cannot write well. Most female writers change their … Continue reading A small change for female writers
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 that. 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
Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if it isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always positive. … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?