Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)

"We have failed, but I hope they will see how hard we tried." Title: Aurora BurningAuthor: Amie Kaufman, Jay KristoffGenre: YA Sci-fiPages: 495 pagesPublication date: May 5, 2020 I enjoyed reading Aurora Rising, so of course I had to get book two. I read them two years apart though, so I appreciated the written recap … Continue reading Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)

Happy 4-year anniversary!

Happy four years! This last year has gone by so fast. So far, I've published 430 posts on this blog, which seems like so much. When I first started, I never expected my blog to make it this far. I also didn't expect to still be doing it for so long. I want to thank … Continue reading Happy 4-year anniversary!

7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

Fantasy worlds are complicated to build since everything is foreign. If you're a plotter (aka you plan your story before you write it), you may have thought most of this out already. But if you're more of a pantser like me (aka you build your story as you go), you may have to go back … Continue reading 7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

3 tips to spice up your dialogue

Dialogue is critical. It’s not necessary, but in stories where it’s present, it needs to flow and keep the story going. That can be hard though. Small talk keeps the story still. Sometimes dialogue can feel like an info dump. So, how do we keep it interesting? Goals Give every character a goal—usually a different … Continue reading 3 tips to spice up your dialogue

Common writer mistakes #10

#10 — Adding too many details with commas Lately, I've had a few authors use commas to add detail after detail onto a sentence. But they don't realize how jam-packed the sentence becomes. Here are two fictional examples: Laurence came through the door, looking for answers, looking for something to turn his path around, and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #10

3 tips on writing characters

I attended a webinar the other day about tips for writing characters. I thought I'd share the main tips they talked about. Show the adjectives Instead of saying, "Josalyn is caring," show how she's caring. Does she take care of a child? Is she always there for others? Does she risk herself to save her … Continue reading 3 tips on writing characters

Is “said” worthless?

In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?

Writing is hard…

Writing is hard and complex, because it's as subjective as it gets. Sometimes, someone will see the magic in what you wrote. Other times, no one will quite understand what's on the page. It's okay either way. But it's difficult for writers to see it like that. Sour reviews or rejections can make one almost … Continue reading Writing is hard…