Writing is an isolated lifestyle since most of it happens alone. But making connections and getting yourself out there is a key for writers. One of the best ways to meet other writers/editors is at conferences. At conferences, you can learn new concepts and understand your craft better. You'll also get to meet a variety … Continue reading Meet other writers and get connections
Vivid characters are an essential part to any story. Without strong characters, the story can seem uninteresting and fall apart. Understanding your characters is a good way to develop them. One creative way to explore your characters is to find songs that describe them. For example, I have a character named Victoria who's fighting on … Continue reading A creative way to get to know your characters
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?
Most of the time, I believe writing's the thing for me. I'm always a good story critic 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 … Continue reading Negative critiques destroy
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
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
For a couple hundred years, being relatable has been the popular norm in writing. But popular themes have their price. Now, writing about popular culture can get your story hidden in a sea of thousands, millions. One relatable piece I’ve read recently is Mood Swings by Ajay Tulsiani. The main character, Safiya, tries to improve her … Continue reading Popular relatable writing
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?