The moon

Once the blue moon risesYou can find me whispering to the starsAsking why I am left to the wolves They’ll speak of the highest mountainsI’ll ask about the dirt belowAnd they’ll point me toward the sea Once the red moon risesYou can find me yelling at the soilAsking if the wolves had to devour me … Continue reading The moon

We can’t tell a “single story”

So, I watch Ted Talks from time to time. One of them caught my eye recently, and I decided to share it with y'all. It's called "The danger of a single story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Toward the beginning, she mentions how: "All my characters were White and blue-eyed. They played in the snow. They … Continue reading We can’t tell a “single story”

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”?

Common writing mistakes #1

#1 — Using multiple adjectives "The house on the hill was old, broken, and abandoned. I always passed it on my way home. It stared back at me with its empty, death-glaring eyes." Adjectives help, but too many of them back-to-back can weigh down a story. It sounds more like a bumpy ride on a … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #1

11 editing tips from a professional

At the ACES conference, one session had many editing tips for editors and writers. Here are some: Check all quotations (to see if it is a verified source) Don't ignore your inner voice (when it says something's wrong) Omit needless words Favor active voice (because we need passive voice sometimes) Edit out loud Advice is … Continue reading 11 editing tips from a professional

Keep on writing

A great writing quote I've found is from Octavia Bulter. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”― Octavia E. Butler Writing is a craft that takes … Continue reading Keep on writing

Run dragon

The dragon flapped its heavy wings on top of the tower. Everything—leaves, bushes, flowers—bent down to its power. It let out a hurtling cry, alerting everyone in the country of its presence. I crouched behind a tree, making sure my earmuffs stayed on tight. I didn’t want to lose my hearing just because I had … Continue reading Run dragon

Book review – The Hate U Give (Spoiler Free)

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas Genre: YA Fiction Pages: 444 … Continue reading Book review – The Hate U Give (Spoiler Free)

The truth about artists’ fear

Many creative people are afraid to release their work. Which seems strange at the same time. We create this being—a book or an album or a painting or so—for the world to see. We design something new all together, knowing someone will see it one day. But that's the exact concept we're afraid of. This … Continue reading The truth about artists’ fear