Random quotes I heard from writers

It has been a while since I have done a fun post, so here you go. As I took notes during AWP this year, I ended up writing down random sentences writers said that stuck out to me. These sentences sound strange but fun out of context. They also almost sound like writing prompts. Here … Continue reading Random quotes I heard from writers

First lines given – #6

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Danny Beattie! He said: I like the tone of this one. Here's the result: Of course Marko would say that. He always does. But that was the thing about Marko: … Continue reading First lines given – #6

Dear literary agent

Dear literary agent, I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done. But I promise you, it doesn't take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, "Hey. I liked the query, … Continue reading Dear literary agent

First lines given – #3

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Ann Harrison-Barnes! (Happy early birthday, Ann!) She said: Such a sweet one! I rarely see snow, so I don't write about it often. Anyways, here's the result: On a cold … Continue reading First lines given – #3

First lines given – #1

Welcome to the first First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Bree Dawn! She said: Honestly, this sentence made me laugh. Such a good prompt. Kind of nervous, but here's the result: I was supposed to learn how to … Continue reading First lines given – #1

I asked for poetry advice once and…

I asked for poetry advice once. Gave out a few poems. Out of the two that answered, only one responded. What I got was: "Read more poetry books." I've read poetry, but I asked for a critique. So, I only assumed that my work was terrible. A disaster. I'm not sure what else to think … Continue reading I asked for poetry advice once and…

Common writer mistakes #3

#3 - Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. "Please, Elie," I begged. "You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please." See how the 'please' is repeated? It didn't seem to overdo the dialogue, because it was separated out by two full sentences. It felt smooth, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3

Book review – To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (Spoiler Free)

“This was a really amazing part of your adventure, Hamlet. You’re sure that, should you ever one day write a book about this story or perhaps a stage production, you’d DEFINITELY include this scene. Why, you’d have to be literally crazy to write a story where you journey to England, get attacked by pirates — … Continue reading Book review – To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (Spoiler Free)

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

Where story ideas come from

Some of my best ideas come from one of the strangest places: the shower. I'm not sure how or why this happens. Perhaps it's from the hot water hitting me. Or maybe blobs of creative ideas hide in our shower systems to seep into our minds. Or perhaps shampoo pushes creativeness into our minds at … Continue reading Where story ideas come from