People and their characters

People have asked me before if real people influence my characters. I would say yes, but to a point. No single person impacts a character. If anything, multiple people morph together into one character. Two or three people may become one. If I copy and paste a real person into my novel, that's not a … Continue reading People and their characters

What could discredit me

Sometimes I wonder if my taste in literature discredits me for an English major and/or a writer. The more I dive into the writing world, the more I realize I don't fit in some areas. I love writing and editing. I can discuss creative work for days. However, I don't like old literature too much. … Continue reading What could discredit me

Writing adverbs

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” - Stephen King Adverbs have become some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for writers. Although, it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down sometimes. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate the story … Continue reading Writing adverbs

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

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

A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Being able to write well isn’t the only thing it takes to be a writer. I’ve found being a valuable editor has helped me with my own writing as well. Editors have a keen eye for troubled story. They know the difference between times to use a comma and when to leave the words alone. … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Writing Nothing

Do you ever feel like you want to write, but can’t? You stare at the screen for ten minutes before you decide: “Well this isn’t going anywhere.” Perhaps you look up what other people wrote about online, but your mind says something along the lines of: “I can’t copy what she wrote because that’s wrong. … Continue reading Writing Nothing

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