A friendly reminder

The publishing world may seem bleak. Literary agents and editors have been quitting. Less agent engagement in pitch contests. Barnes and Noble doesn't want to stock new and some already established writers. Lots of barriers are still in place for diverse writers. The list goes on. But while the world may seem gloomy, remember that … Continue reading A friendly reminder

Common writer mistakes #19

#19 — Starting sections with pronouns When writing longer works, it's good practice to start each chapter or scene with the character's name instead of their pronoun. For example: Rose saw the fire hissing in the distance. vs She saw the fire hissing in the distance. This is for two reasons. 1) The character(s) referenced … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #19

7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

Fantasy worlds are complicated to build since everything is foreign. If you're a plotter (aka you plan your story before you write it), you may have thought most of this out already. But if you're more of a pantser like me (aka you build your story as you go), you may have to go back … Continue reading 7 things to remember when building your fantasy world

How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

On a recent writer's journey post, I mentioned that I keep track of my poems, but I didn't explain how. So, today, I'm going to show how I do that. Here's a basic rundown of what an empty template looks like: You can do this in Microsoft Word or Excel. I prefer Word. I make … Continue reading How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

Good vs bad adverbs

Back in 2018, I did a post on adverbs that I need to expand on. I talked before about how writers should use adverbs sparingly. But I didn't talk about good vs bad adverbs. Bad adverbs are like smiled happily. Or fiercely killed him. Or softly whispered. Readers can already tell she’s happy because she’s … Continue reading Good vs bad adverbs

First lines given – #5

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Dea Jones! She said: This one could go in many different directions. I decided to take an older approach to it though. Here's the result: A cold Spam sandwich and … Continue reading First lines given – #5

Inspiration for the late bloomers

I found a great quote from Sarah Anderson, and I thought I'd repeat it for all my fellow artists out there: It's okay to be a late bloomer. Everyone moves at their own pace. The pressure to do things at a specific time in your life takes away the vital space and thoughtfulness needed to … Continue reading Inspiration for the late bloomers

Book review – Mirror, Mirror (Spoiler Free)

"The princess had accepted her fate in an effort to make the best of things, but she refused to do so any longer.It wasn't till she was outside those walls that she'd realized the truth: the only one who could truly break her free was herself. That's why she was back. To claim what was … Continue reading Book review – Mirror, Mirror (Spoiler Free)

Some NaNoWriMo advice

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice