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 always are…

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

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

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:

Writing origins

Sometimes I think it's good to look back at where you came from. For me, I started as 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 quit. I had a … Continue reading Writing origins

Battles with the word “said”

Many writers love the word “said”. They use it for every piece of dialogue they can. However, “said” can be overused. Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand the story, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include: Announced … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”

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

Ideas for the worst?

Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if the story isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?

Your rejection

The first time I realized something is wrong with me– No. Hold up. Is that wrong of me to say that? When you break me into pieces for something I created can I– No. I’ll start over. Reset. Words on pages have always been my passion. No matter if I write it or not, it’s … Continue reading Your rejection

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