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?

How many books do you have to write to write a good one?

I've had that question for a while now. How many books do you have to write to write a good one? I knew some authors wrote one book, had a few drafts, and published a brilliant piece of work. Some wrote a few novels before one of theirs got published. Some writers told me that … Continue reading How many books do you have to write to write a good one?

Common writer mistakes #2

Back again for #2! #2 - Vagueness for tension I wanted to talk about vagueness today. A novel I edited kept saying "him" and "his death" for twenty or so pages before actually explaining who he was. Instead of feeling a sense of curiosity, I felt more confused. I kept wondering who he was and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #2

More than writers

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 … Continue reading More than writers

I’m a bad puzzle piece

Everyone has straight and curved sidesThey know what they want andThey know what they’re good at – butI’m not one to follow the crowd I somehow molded my edges to a pointTo poke into everything andI can’t state a reason as to whyI get my nose into so many things So, I’m crawling through the … Continue reading I’m a bad puzzle piece

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that’s the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying “I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” – Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes… Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

What writing classes are like

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Writing classes, also known as workshops, never have over eighteen people. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we introduce ourselves for almost seven minutes each. … Continue reading What writing classes are like

Inspiring quotes

Every writer 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 help. Here's some encouraging quotes I've found lately: "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." - Richard Bach "If you don't … Continue reading Inspiring quotes

Healthy reminder:

To be a great writer, someone has to get upset with your work. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true. All famous writers, including J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, and John Green, have made some reviewers angry before. One well-known author, Rudyard Kipling, had a review say: “...you just don’t know how to use the … Continue reading Healthy reminder:

Writing origins

Sometimes it's good to look back at where you came from. For me, I was a small girl in Dallas. I tried writing a novel about puppies with super powers in a Captain Jack Sparrow journal. I handwrote many chapters that took up about half the journal before I stopped. I had a colored in map … Continue reading Writing origins