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”

Fancy Words

Fernweh.       Solivagant.       Paracosm. The words sound great, but what do they mean? Writers come across this issue all the time. Most of us are logophiles, which means we love words almost too much. We like words from different languages or just interesting words we find in general that no one knows … Continue reading Fancy Words

Writing Exposure Help

The writing world can feel disconnected. We sit in a room and edit by ourselves, wishing for the best. But we can't get our stories out there if we don't have at least a few more conversations than that. One of the best ways I've found to connect with other writers is through Facebook groups. In … Continue reading Writing Exposure Help

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