“Belle let her body sink into the settee, twisting so she could peer over the edge of the railing and into the field. What did she see when she cast her gaze over the thicket of trees silhouetted in the night? What was she looking for with those eyes that had suddenly lost what little … Continue reading Book review – Fate of Flames (Spoiler Free)
Editing is essential. As writers, we all need some type of editing. Even me, who is trained in editing, is not the best editor for my own work. There are mistakes that our brains cannot find in our stories, our children. So, editors become our biggest helpers. What's great is that some editors will give … Continue reading One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor
I found a great quote from Sarah Anderson, and I thought I'd repeat it for all my fellow artists out there: It's okay to be a late bloomer. Everyone moves at their own pace. The pressure to do things at a specific time in your life takes away the vital space and thoughtfulness needed to … Continue reading Inspiration for the late bloomers
#3 — Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. “Please, Elie,” I begged. “You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please.” Notice how please repeats? It doesn't overdo the dialogue since they're separated out. It feels smooth. On the other hand, I’ve seen writers use the word … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #3
A while back, I was on a live stream with Anna Akana when she did something that surprised me. Instead of saying "aw man" or so when I mentioned how many rejections I have gotten, she got excited. She said it was good for me. After the rejections made a mountain on my desk, they … Continue reading How many rejections is too many?
I have my own stash of writing ideas hidden away, but it's like I'm storing them for nothing. I don't even think I've looked at my journal ideas for over a year now. I check the ones on Pinterest every once in a while, but sometimes that's even is rare. It's like I find all … Continue reading Should we keep writing ideas written down?
Every Tuesday and Friday, I watch the new Vlogsbrothers video like any other Nerdfighter. But—at the time I'm writing this post—the newest video from John struck me. John, who is the John Green by the way, talked about his wife, which is rare. He didn't gush over her or talk about an issue they have … Continue reading More than writers
On the first day of class, eighteen students sat in a circle, facing each other as awkward as can be. We didn't really look at each other, and most of us had no idea what we were doing there. Our teacher leaned forward and turned to look at each of us. She asked how long … Continue reading Can you stop writing—take a break—for “too long”?
The road is rough; I know. But think about the last time you saw a mountain and freaked out. It stood so much higher than you, but now you stand so much higher than it. This is another mountain you can get past. Whether it's finding a literary agent, finding time to write, or other … Continue reading A tip for a troubled writer
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