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 got all 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!

What a writer needs

Being a writer is a tough job. There are times when we need to buy gifts for ourselves, let our friends get us gifts, or beg our friends and family until they get us something. Either way, there's some creative gifts out there that us writers nee- I mean want.  Writer's block - Every writer experiences … Continue reading What a writer needs

My major writing problem

Whenever I write a novel, I come across a major problem. I’ve created this entire world down to the smallest detail. I know where the mountains end to become the flat lands that will eventually meet a river. I can picture where all the enemy camps are and who are there. I know the history … Continue reading My major writing problem

Writing is a rollercoaster

8:00am: I understand why almost no one begins a book with the character waking up. They'd all start the same way: dread. There's nothing compelling that makes me want to get out of bed this early unless it’s a holiday. 9:15am: I've woken up enough, but the words in my head are still confused. I'll … Continue reading Writing is a rollercoaster

Writing worries

‘Guess what.’ I text him. ‘What?’ I pause, not sure of what to text back. Perhaps I could talk about the bubbling worry inside of me, but I already did that so much. We talked about it yesterday. He can’t keep being the person I shout my worries to. But I could tell him. I … Continue reading Writing worries