Gifts for the winter

Most years, writers get the same blank journals as gifts. But some writers only write on notepads or laptops. Their stash of blank journals get higher. This year, gifts are getting an upgrade. Here's a list of some great gifts for writers: 1) Notepads for a shower As I mentioned before, ideas come in the shower. … Continue reading Gifts for the winter

Writing every day

Writing every day used to be an ideal, a goal. I thought I must be getting somewhere if I improved my skill every day. I had to be. How else was I going to get better? I'd write even if it wasn't good writing. To practice was to improve. It didn't matter what was on … Continue reading Writing every day

Your rejection

The first time I realized something is wrong with me– No. Hold up. Is it wrong of me to say that? When you break me into pieces for something I created, can I– No. I’ll start over. Reset. Words on pages have always been my passion. No matter if I write it or not, it’s … Continue reading Your rejection

Powerful small words

My mind buzzed over and over in a spiral. Lately, nothing had gone right in the writing world. My blog was floating above the water. I hadn't been able to work on my novel or short stories in a while. My critics gave me the same reply: "good, but not good enough". Because writers could … Continue reading Powerful small words

Stories in ourselves

Sometimes, as a writer, I feel like my life is more like a book. I can picture the chapters ending with cliffhangers like the divorce. Or what I was gonna do when I was first offered drugs in high school. But sometimes my life is too anti-climatic for that. Like when I got offered drugs, … Continue reading Stories in ourselves

Writing nothing

Do you ever feel like you want to write, but can’t? You stare at the screen for ten minutes before you decide: “Well this isn’t going anywhere.” You look up what other people wrote online, but your mind says something like: “I can’t copy what she wrote. But would people notice if we wrote about … Continue reading Writing nothing

A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Eventually the editing has to stop, right? All the hours to days to months to years of editing that one certain story cannot keep going on. It's difficult to stop. It's more difficult to get your stories out there and known however. Many literary agents love to accept writers that already have a name for … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Oh. You want the truth?

Oh. You want the truth? It’s a bit messy. It’s the joke your friends make that you laugh off. It’s the smiles and tears that come when someone finally sees the end. It’s the hours upon hours of sitting in one place, hoping the mixture of words turn out better, while knowing you’ll be sitting … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?

Jack of all trades

I bet you've heard the Jack of all trades expression before, but have you heard the full version? Jack of all trades, master of none, though often times better than master of one. I grew up knowing half of the expression. Jack of all trades, master of none. It put such a downside on learning a variety … Continue reading Jack of all trades

#1 writing mistake

Over the years, I've read hundreds of novels and short stories. One mistake sticks out the most: showing the story instead of telling it. Telling a story is when a writer states their story in a bland tone. An example would be: There was mist over the lake. Showing your story is when actions describe what's going … Continue reading #1 writing mistake