"On the house." His fangs gleam in the low light. "A welcoming gift from the Turquoise Tavern. After all, we are not all monsters." Title: She Steals Justice Author: J. Clark Genre: Fantasy Pages: 320 pages Publication date: February 28, 2022 Being one of its Kickstarter backers, I’ve known about She Steals Justice for a … Continue reading Book review – She Steals Justice (Spoiler Free)
ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes
Title: Amulet of Wishes Author: Rita A. Rubin Genre: YA Fantasy Pages: 344 pages Publication date: April 28, 2021 Thank you, Rita A. Rubin, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Amulet of Wishes follows Derek, a boy with a haunting past and a promising future as he … Continue reading ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes
Common writing mistakes #18
#18 — When to start new paragraphs Deciding where to start a new paragraph is important. Readers can get confused or lost if everything’s all in one. So, I made a list of the top three reasons to start a new one. Who's speaking changes If a different character talks, start a new paragraph. Having … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #18
When to tell instead of show
We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how it's used. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers know when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts where … Continue reading When to tell instead of show
Common writing mistakes #9
#9 — Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his back away from Laurencia, careful not to let Laurencia see the … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #9
Common writing mistakes #7
#7 — Not Developing Characters I'm sure we’ve all come across a character in a book who we didn’t feel anything toward much. We weren’t worried about the character’s well-being. Which doesn't help us want to continue reading. It can take many drafts to get into a character’s head and develop them on the page. … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #7
Does editing make me a better writer?
People suggest writers to read more, but some also suggest editing. Does editing make writers better though? Besides helping with grammar mistakes though, how does editing improve a writer's skill? In a way, it helps me understand the publishing business more. When I was mainly a writer, I knew how the publishing industry worked, but … Continue reading Does editing make me a better writer?
Why do I want to know about their failures?
During author interviews, many people ask about the final product. They ask about where the book idea came from or how the writer became a writer. But I'd rather know more about how the writer failed. Did any characters disappear in later drafts? Did any scenes get cut? If so, which? Why? Were any scenes added? … Continue reading Why do I want to know about their failures?