Can you stop writing – take a break – for “too long”?

On the first day of class, eighteen students sat in a circle, facing each other as awkward as can be. We didn't really look at each other, and most of us had no idea what we were doing there. Our teacher leaned forward and turned to look at each of us. She asked how long … Continue reading Can you stop writing – take a break – for “too long”?

The Storm

The storm lit up the clouds. The dark blue sky turned into a musky light gray. Lightning strikes reached from the left to the right like tree branches. But then another strike would grow out smaller, barely reaching out, after that big moment. That last strike is me.

For your new literary agent

When searching for a literary agent, some people think about only their query letter. But usually agents ask for more. Synopsis Theses are not always the most fun, but they do point out your plot right off the back. Does it all flow together? Does it make sense? Is there a spot where it may … Continue reading For your new literary agent

All shields break

Shield your daughter The world’s gonna get her Teach her what’s right and wrong Tell her that your 神 is the one But she must know magic isn’t real Before even watching Frozen She can’t hang out with bad kids She ends up with your older friends But she’s old enough now that Her shield’s … Continue reading All shields break

Just so you know

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and that could mean taking a break from writing. Don't be discouraged though. Things always happen, but it's always what you make of it. It doesn't mean you'll never write again or that your writing will turn bad. Everything will be all right.

How a doctor’s appoint helped me think about marketing

My phone buzzed. Reminder: your doctor’s appointment is scheduled for tomorrow, March 27th, at 2:00pm. I nodded along, half paying attention. I already had two different reminders from my wall calendars. I opened up another tab on Google Chrome when my laptop dinged. Doctor’s appointment is tomorrow. Thanks. My laptop ran slow though since my … Continue reading How a doctor’s appoint helped me think about marketing

Getting rid of Shakespeare

As an English major, I have joined the clubs of I-have-read-too-many-Shakespeare-plays-to-count and when-can-I-stop-reading-Hamlet-even-though-it's-my-favorite. It seems that I can't spend a semester without Shakespeare. But one of my professors, who is also an English advisor, discussed making Shakespeare not a requirement with my senior class. Both sides explained their opinions. Some students felt Shakespeared out and some … Continue reading Getting rid of Shakespeare

NaNoWriMo Update!

We're a bit over halfway through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) right now. No matter how many words you've written, remember that you're an amazing writer and have accomplished something. I'm proud of what you've done so far. You've done an awesome job! For me? I'm at 25,099 words. I still got a long way … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update!

What writing classes are like

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Writing classes, also known as workshops, never have over eighteen people. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we introduce ourselves for almost seven minutes each. … Continue reading What writing classes are like

Writing adverbs

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