#20 — Small, repeating phrases Sometimes, small phrases end up repeating themselves. But if they're shortened, that will tighten up the story's prose. Here are some examples: Climbed up -> Climbed If you climb something, you're usually going up toward the top. So, can drop up and leave climbed by itself. I climbed up the … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #20
One of my poems got published with Sheila-Na-Gig, and it's up! I am one of eight poets chosen for the Under Age 30 section. You can check it out here. I had the first stanza stuck in my head while wandering around a Target back in 2020. I'm not sure where the words came from. … Continue reading A poem of mine got published!
#6 — Unnecessary details The plot is coming along. We're getting to an important moment—but wait! I forgot to mention something. Let me write it down because it's important. But now the reader is wondering why I stopped the story to describe something in the middle of the chapter. As a writer myself, I get … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #6
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…
“Does this sound right?” I asked, highlighting a paragraph in the Word document. Ethan leaned diagonal toward 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