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

Inspiring quotes

Every writer - even I - ends up searching the Internet for some kind of inspiration at some point. We end up at places like Pinterest, scrolling through quote after quote. After a while, those quotes become quite inspiring. Here's some encouraging quotes I've found lately: "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." … Continue reading Inspiring quotes

Are we human?

Writers are always strange people. Perhaps we're not even people at all. Not many people - in the whole world - can create an entire world from nothing. Something as small as a 65 character text could turn into a 70,000 novel without even trying. But are we human if we're gods of our own … Continue reading Are we human?

Healthy reminder:

To be a great writer, someone has to get upset with the writer’s work. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Many famous writers, including J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, and John Green, all have been successful in their careers. But they also made some reviewers angry. One well-known author, Rudyard Kipling, had a review … Continue reading Healthy reminder:

Not acceptable stories

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publication companies don't accept "cliché" or "unoriginal" ideas anymore, because it's harder to market just another vampire story now. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Interpreting stories

In English classes everywhere and in the hands of nerdy fans, writers’ works get interpreted. They will even “find symbolism” that writers never meant. They just have an itch to find some deeper meaning. I don’t want people interpreting my stories wrong. I’d rather a fan come up to me or email me, asking me about … Continue reading Interpreting stories

Fancy Words

Fernweh.       Solivagant.       Paracosm. The words sound great, but what do they mean? Writers come across this issue all the time. Most of us are logophiles, which means we love words almost too much. We like words from different languages or just interesting words we find in general that no one knows … Continue reading Fancy Words

Popular Related Writing

For only a couple of hundred years, being relatable in writing has been the popular norm. But popular themes have their price. Now, writing about popular culture - while is good for readers - can get your piece hidden from the world in a sea of thousands of other written popular culture. One relatable piece I’ve … Continue reading Popular Related Writing

Stories in ourselves

Sometimes, as a writer, I feel like my life is more like a book.  I can picture the chapters ending with the cliffhanger of what Mom and I were going to do after the divorce. Or what I was gonna do when I was first offered drugs in high school. But sometimes my life is … Continue reading Stories in ourselves

Writing Nothing

Do you ever feel like you want to write, but can’t? You stare at the screen for ten minutes before you decide: “Well this isn’t going anywhere.” Perhaps you look up what other people wrote about online, but your mind says something along the lines of: “I can’t copy what she wrote because that’s wrong. … Continue reading Writing Nothing