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”?
Characters are unique, because they all have a little human in them. Even if they're witches who want to burn the world, they need something the readers can connect to. The other day, I rolled my eyes at my friend. We have been close for years, but some parts of him are annoying. Spending … Continue reading Every character has what?
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
It's been a while since I wrote one of these because I've been at a dead stop. I have multiple projects going at once, so it's hard to make a lot of progress in such a short time. I've been editing a query, which has gotten better. I've been going through my novel once more, … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop
I found a great quote about writing characters on Pinterest the other day. "Something I recently learned about writing is that a character should never stop feeling flawed. It doesn't matter how much (positive) development they go through, a realistic character doesn't completely erase their flaws at the end of the story, and that's okay! You're never … Continue reading Want to write great characters?
Taking time off can be fishy. You can want to take some time off for about a week and suddenly it's two months later. It's good to take time off; don't get me wrong. But it can also be dangerous. Time off is nice and pleasant. It's hard to get back into a working mood. … Continue reading Taking time off…
Life is unattainable sometimes It’s just out of desires’ reach Nothing more than another bill And another time to clock in After a while, the rhythm lingers Not in difficulty, but in tension Pressure comes from all directions And it doesn’t stop for anything So, we’re back at the railroad again Did you see when … Continue reading Lost by the train
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
I always end up listening to people's words and writing them down. It's worse when I'm in class. I'll be writing notes or a blog down when I hear a great line to write down. My margins get filled with other people's words. They're diagonal and lopsided. I can't even remember where some come from. … Continue reading A writer habit
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?