2 a.m. questions

How many writers stopped writing because they couldn’t afford the hobby? How many artists gave up after they felt like no one was paying attention to them? How many writers stopped because they felt they weren’t good enough? How many wonderful artists go unnoticed every day? How many writers will eventually be swallowed up by … Continue reading 2 a.m. questions

Just a quick reminder

The end of the year tends to be busy, but don't let that stop you. Your goals and dreams are waiting for you at the end of the finish line. Reach out a little farther. Find pockets of time between the couch. Look into the mirror and smile at what you've already accomplished. You can … Continue reading Just a quick reminder

Common writer mistakes #10

#10 — Adding too many commas Lately, I've had a few authors use commas to add detail after detail onto a sentence. But they don't realize how jam-packed the sentence becomes. Here are two fictional examples: Laurence came through the door, looking for answers, looking for something to turn his path around, and looking for … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #10

Is “said” worthless?

In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?

Common writer mistakes #8

#8 — The Words "Felt" and "Feel" No matter what POV you write in, you're going to come across the word felt or feel at some point. These words are sometimes glossed over without realizing the potential that could be brought to the story if you write without them. Let me give an example. "He … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #8

It’s time to listen

I found a powerful poem recently. In light of the world being its same brutal self, I decided to share it. It's called "Compassion Fatigue" by Ebony Stewart. It was performed in 2016, but it's even more relevant today in 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeRafMKWg-Q

Learning by growing (haikus)

i. This space is not mineWhite walls with empty tablesBut I could grow here ii. Time turned into yearsSpinning faster than its lightI couldn't stop and pause iii. The sun came aroundAsking if I had seen youI sighed at white walls Copyright © Robin LeeAnn

Creative ways to promote your self-published book

At AWP, I ran into a lot of traditional publishing vs self-publishing. Self-publishing has some different perks and routes, especially when it comes to marketing. A few discussed their creative ways to market their book and themselves. And when I say creative, I mean creative. They gave out some ideas that I had never even … Continue reading Creative ways to promote your self-published book

For all the writers who want to quit

Sometimes writing may feel like a waste of time. Like we're getting nowhere. Like the world is just waiting for us to crumble and fall to our knees. But we're not built for that. We're writers with dreams to touch someone else's heart with words. Our writing lets us to spread our wings and reach … Continue reading For all the writers who want to quit

We can’t tell a “single story”

So, I watch Ted Talks from time to time. One of them caught my eye recently, and I decided to share it with y'all. It's called "The danger of a single story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Towards the beginning, she mentions how: "All my characters were white and blue-eyed. They played in the snow. They … Continue reading We can’t tell a “single story”