First Impressions for Days

You got one chance and you can't throw away your shot. Everyone's watching the stage eagerly. It doesn't matter if it's a song, movie, play, or your novel, the first impression always needs to be top notch. If you can't catch your reader's attention in the first few seconds, there's a good chance you won't catch … Continue reading First Impressions for Days

2018 Writing Goals

Welcome to 2018 everyone! With the new year comes new goals. I'm one to start the new goals, but never quite remember them. So, hopefully writing them all down - or at least writing my writing goals down - will help. Get another Beta Reader As I've mentioned here before, beta readers are an amazing tool … Continue reading 2018 Writing Goals

Tricks to winning editing battles

Editing your own work is a difficult battle for every writer. Therefore, the need of editors comes into reality. However, not everyone can afford editors. Depending on how good the editor is or how long the novel is, the cost of an editor can go way over $1,000. Sometimes more than $2,000. But some tricks … Continue reading Tricks to winning editing battles

To my readers

To: My current and future readers From: An unknown but longing writer I changed some of the lyrics to fit writers more, but the meaning still stands. From artist to artist, it's all the same. We need you, Readers. Give me a heart to hold the godlike truth Give me one good soul that I … Continue reading To my readers

Why I write

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

Real life in fiction

“Hey,” Jenny asked me one day, “isn’t this character doing what we talked about the other day?” I glanced over, looking down at the laptop with her. It showed one of my recent short stories. I was thinking of expanding more on top of that story, but I wasn’t sure at the time. I did … Continue reading Real life in fiction

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

Sneaking around to write

For the last few days, I've been sneaking around. Or at least I feel like it. I have everything I need: iPhone, iPad, and a Mac laptop. Trading through them, I always have something to write on even when I'm supposed to be doing something else. Nothing can stop me from writing. Writing isn't something … Continue reading Sneaking around to write

Terrible critiques vs amazing critiques

Every writer needs critiques. As I’ve posted here before, critiques from beta readers are awesome at helping writers improve their work. However, that doesn’t mean that every critique a writer gets is helpful. Critiques are there to point out what may not be working well in a writer’s story. But they’re all suggestions. No one … Continue reading Terrible critiques vs amazing critiques

Mystery Blogger Award!

Before I write anything else, I want to thank JadeLM for being an incredible blogger and for nominating me for this award. (This award is one of my best birthday gifts yet.) Jade writes everything from book reviews to writing advice to short stories and more. Everything on her blog is great. You can check it … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award!