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
Stories are pieced together strangely. I can tell you a story about a hero. She saved many children by keeping them away from harm. She may have used violence to stop her enemies, but the children were always safe at the end of the day. She gave the most she could and never asked for … Continue reading Which side of the story?
Sometimes I think I'm an amazing writer, but I'm also a terrible one at the same time. Some people love my stories no matter what. I can move them with my words without meaning to. My words take them to whole new worlds. I bring out another side that doesn't happen often. But - with … Continue reading All writers = amazing and terrible
Writers are always strange people. Perhaps we're not even people at all. Not many people - in the whole world - can create an entire world from nothing. Something as small as a 65 character text could turn into a 70,000 novel without even trying. But are we human if we're gods of our own … Continue reading Are we human?
Vivid characters are an essential part to any story. Without strong characters, the story can seem uninteresting and fall apart. Understanding your characters is a good way to develop them. One creative way to explore your characters is to find songs that describe them personally. For example, I have a character named Victoria who's fighting … Continue reading Creative way to know your characters
To create worlds that no one has ever seen before, we must cry, bleed, and smile. Life isn't just the sunny side. We need a thunderstorm to give others a rainbow. So, if it seems like it's not going your way or that you may not even be able to publish anymore, remember that it's … Continue reading Friendly Writing Reminder