One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor

Editing is essential. As writers, we all need some type of editing. Even me, who is trained in editing, is not the best editor for my own work. There are mistakes that our brains cannot find in our stories, our children. So, editors become our biggest helpers. What's great is that some editors will give … Continue reading One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor

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

2020 writing goals

Happy New Year (a day early), everyone! Since it's a new year, it's time to make some writing goals. I wasn't able to complete my goals from last year. But I did take a lot of steps to complete them, and I have a pile of rejection letters to prove it. So, 2020 is a … Continue reading 2020 writing goals

Common writer mistakes #3

#3 - Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. "Please, Elie," I begged. "You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please." See how the 'please' is repeated? It didn't seem to overdo the dialogue, because it was separated out by two full sentences. It felt smooth, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3

A different kind of story

I don't know about you, but I always like different kinds of stories. Not the same love stories that repeat on the radio, movies, and books. But rather stories that you can't quite describe by saying, "Oh! This story's like my other favorite show." It has a bit of uniqueness that is hard to describe. … Continue reading A different kind of story

Repeating themes mean…

I went through all my posts on this blog and found that I keep writing about being creatively exhausted. I don't know when this started, but I have about five or more posts about it. They all seem relevant to when I wrote them. I say something different a bit each time, but they're all … Continue reading Repeating themes mean…

Where story ideas come from

Some of my best ideas come from one of the strangest places: the shower. I'm not sure how or why this happens. Perhaps it's from the hot water hitting me. Or maybe blobs of creative ideas hide in our shower systems to seep into our minds. Or perhaps shampoo pushes creativeness into our minds at … Continue reading Where story ideas come from

Common query mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. The rejected queries all had repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common ones: Misspellings One writer wrote "aknolegments" instead of "acknowledgements". Spelling, especially in the writing career, is essential. … Continue reading Common query mistakes

Real monsters

I used to believe that monsters lived under my bed. They loved scaring me in the dark. “That’s where they stay,” Society told me. “Where they belong.” But Society also ordered me to keep my stomach flat so people would like me. Short hair was for men. Lesbian. I couldn’t drive. I couldn’t lift anything … Continue reading Real monsters

Words becoming reality

“Does this sound right?” I asked, highlighting a paragraph in the Word document. Ethan leaned diagonal towards my laptop. His hand stayed by his chin as he always did while thinking. “As they rounded the corner, the portal came into view.” I shuttered. It was always strange to hear my written words out loud. “The … Continue reading Words becoming reality