Getting rid of Shakespeare

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

A congratulations for all

Congratulations! Whether you wrote 50,000 words or even 5,000 this NaNoWriMo season, you're a great writer. The best people push themselves further and that's exactly what NaNoWriMo helps with. I just completed NaNoWriMo myself about one day and four hours before this post was published. For the first time ever, I finished the story around … Continue reading A congratulations for all

Bad book reviews

I've noticed recently that I haven't reviewed a book that I don't like on this blog before. I have a few reasons for avoiding it. I'm afraid of being too negative. I don't want to trash a work of art that I know the writer spent years on. I don't want to act as if … Continue reading Bad book reviews

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that's the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying "I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” - Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes... Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

What could discredit me

Sometimes I wonder if my taste in literature discredits me for an English major and/or a writer. The more I dive into the writing world, the more I realize I don't fit in some areas. I love writing and editing. I can discuss creative work for days. However, I don't like old literature too much. … Continue reading What could discredit me

Battles with the word “said”

Many writers love the word “said”. They use it for every piece of dialogue they can. However, “said” can be overused. Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand the story, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include: Announced … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”

Negative Critiques Destroy

Most times, I believe writing's the thing for me. I'm always a good critic of stories and love telling them no matter what. People's reactions to words are always interesting and compelling. But sometimes that changes. I'll get critiques that say I need to take a writing course cause I can't tell a story at … Continue reading Negative Critiques Destroy

Fancy Words

Fernweh.       Solivagant.       Paracosm. The words sound great, but what do they mean? Writers come across this issue all the time. Most of us are logophiles, which means we love words almost too much. We like words from different languages or just interesting words we find in general that no one knows … Continue reading Fancy Words

Am I writing too big?

Can people dream too big? Is it too much to want to change the world? Perhaps I thought of doing that too early on.  I loved every time I made someone smile as a kid. I wanted more of it. Craved it. Writing was my forte out of everything, so I decided to change the … Continue reading Am I writing too big?