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 Writer Mistakes" is a new series I'm starting where I talk through some common mistakes that I see writers (even myself) make. It may not be one that you specifically do, but this is more to make you aware of them. If you have any ideas of how to avoid some that I didn't … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #1
Heyyyyyy! Happy birthday! I hope your day is going good so far. Even though this moment is the last. Part of the day I’ll consider “your day.” Uh, here’s a gift – just for you! I put in the considerable amount of time. I hope you shop where everyone shops. Here’s a gift card to … Continue reading Happy birthday
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
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 … Continue reading Keep on writing
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 ear muffs stayed on tight. I didn’t want to lose my … Continue reading Run dragon
I could play video games or read a book, but I always end up checking my email to find another rejection. I can't remember how many rejections I've gotten now. All from small magazines and such. I'll send in some poetry or short stories, but I get the same reply back. My whole Submittable page … Continue reading Counting rejections
“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)
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 … Continue reading An artist’s fear
I stopped reading when I was about six. That’s strange to say, right? Here I am: a storyteller, a writer. But I also have a tough past with reading. Around first grade, I got tired of those reading tests. I hated reading something just to get asked hard comprehension questions. I didn’t understand any of … Continue reading What book saved me?