Run dragon

The dragon flapped its heavy wings on top of the tower. Everything – leaves, bushes, flowers – bent down to its power. It let out a hurtling cry, alerting everyone in the country of its presence. I crouched behind a tree, making sure my ear muffs stayed on tight. I didn’t want to lose my … Continue reading Run dragon

Why do I want to know about their failures?

During author interviews, many people ask about the final product. They ask about where the book idea came from or how the writer became a writer. But I'd rather know more about how the writer failed. Did any characters disappear in later drafts? Did any scenes get cut? If so, which? Why? Were any scenes added? … Continue reading Why do I want to know about their failures?

Book review – What Editors Do (Spoiler Free)

 "Being an editor is a lifelong apprenticeship: the books you read, the jobs you have, influence your approach to any given text. Yet in a sense I'm the same editor I was at the beginning of my career, an idealistic former literature student who took pleasure in books whose form and content I understood to … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do (Spoiler Free)

Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

I got the wonderful opportunity to interview Brian H. Peterson. Brian is a multitalented artist that writes books, takes photos, plays music, and more. I wrote a book review about his book earlier this month. Thank you, Brian, for this lovely opportunity. What inspired you to write this book? Was it an event or did an idea … Continue reading Author interview with Brian H. Peterson

Inspiring quotes

Every writer ends up searching the Internet for some kind of inspiration at some point. We end up at places like Pinterest, scrolling through quote after quote. After a while, those quotes help. Here's some encouraging quotes I've found lately: "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." - Richard Bach "If you don't … Continue reading Inspiring quotes

How to you know you’re done editing/improving your work

A: Once I do enough to get a good review, I know I was successful. B: How do you get a good review though? A: By being great. Make them have only good things to critique about your work. B: Ehh... Kind of. A: Kind of? B: Think about it this way. You make films, … Continue reading How to you know you’re done editing/improving your work

Tips for self-publishing

Self-publishing allows writers to publish anything they want. But marketing is harder. That said, here's some tips to help self-published books be more marketable: 1) Make sure your manuscript is perfect Hiring a professional editor is the best way to go. It can be a lot of money, but it's a huge turnoff to find … Continue reading Tips for self-publishing

Not acceptable stories

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publishing companies don't accept "cliché" ideas since it's harder to market stories. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves Mermaids Character waking up at the beginning … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Interpreting stories

In English classes everywhere, writers’ works get interpreted. They will even “find symbolism” that writers never meant. It's like they have an itch to find some deeper meaning. I don’t want people interpreting my stories wrong. I’d rather a fan come up to me or email me, asking me about it. I may address some … Continue reading Interpreting stories