“I picture the shark's grotesque face. I see her trying to wring the life out of Ailesse. She isn't majestic like the alpine ibex or beautiful like the peregrine falcon. She isn't even charming like the fire salamander. I won't mourn to see her dead. But does that mean she deserves to die?” Title: Bone … Continue reading Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)
#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.” Notice how please repeats? It doesn't overdo the dialogue since they're separated out. It feels smooth. On the other hand, I had a writer recently use … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3
A while back, I was on a live stream with Anna Akana when she did something that surprised me. Instead of saying "aw man" or so when I mentioned how many rejections I have gotten, she got excited. She said it was good for me. After the rejections made a mountain on my desk, they … Continue reading How many rejections is too many?
“Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there's a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on. You don't stop after you solve one thing. You keep going, you find a new way and a new path, try to do better and create better. Tearing something down isn't the end; doing … Continue reading Book review – Wildcard (Spoiler Free)
At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterwards, I talked with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed towards a CEO in the publishing field. … Continue reading Difference in success
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” — Stephen King Adverbs are some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for some writers. Though it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate your story and … Continue reading Writing adverbs
I changed my ways of getting books...a bit. As a child, I loved fresh books. The new book smell was intoxicating. I liked the idea of owning something that no one else had owned before. It was mine. But since I got to college, money and gifts hadn't come as much as they used to. … Continue reading Thrift the books
After writing your first draft, you should expand the story. The deeper the story dives, the stronger it will become. Plot holes disappear. Characters develop more. Backstories appear. There’s a quick way to do all of this. Fan girl. You read that right. If you’re not in love with your story, no one will be. … Continue reading Writers = fan girls?