Common writer mistakes #20

#20 — Small, repeating phrases Sometimes, small phrases end up repeating themselves. But if they're shortened, that will tighten up the story's prose. Here are some examples: Climbed up -> Climbed If you climb something, you're usually going up toward the top. So, can drop up and leave climbed by itself. I climbed up the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #20

3 questions to build your characters’ voices

One of my favorite panels from DV Con was about voice. The presenters brought up many powerful points. They mentioned questions to ask about your main character (MC). Preferably, you'd ask these questions before you begin writing. But if you're like me, you don't know your characters as well on the first draft, so this … Continue reading 3 questions to build your characters’ voices

Why I write

there's no greater movement inside of me than when their faces shine bright from something I've created from nothing the something may make me cry make me fall into self-doubt but there's beauty from the pain the beauty brings smiles onto people's faces the smiles give me a rushed feeling the rushed feeling beckons me … Continue reading Why I write

Book review – How to Write Good (Spoiler Free)

“I’ve always set my expectations low and then been pleasantly surprised when a video did well. I’ve found that this is the best way to avoid being disappointed: Lowball yourself in life, and you’ll be fine.” Title: How to Write GoodAuthor: Ryan HigaGenre: Non-fictionPages: 224Publication date: May 30, 2017Publisher: Little Brown Books Ryan Higa wrote a … Continue reading Book review – How to Write Good (Spoiler Free)

Deadliest phrase for creative people

“Next, let’s critique Robin’s piece.” My college professor smiled as everyone in the class pulled out my piece, except me. I felt their eyes turn to me. It didn't help that we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I had nowhere to hide. My teacher might have said the title of my story … Continue reading Deadliest phrase for creative people

Book review – Lady Midnight (Spoiler Free)

“That's not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.""I thought it was 'the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible'.” Title: Lady MidnightAuthor: Cassandra ClareGenre: YA fantasyPages: 698Publication date: March 8, 2016Publisher: Simon & Schuster As Cassandra Clare always does, she brings readers back into her … Continue reading Book review – Lady Midnight (Spoiler Free)