To all new artists:

For a new artist, being "bad" could be discouraging. It's hard to continue when everything you do is nothing compared to others. Well, I was listening to the podcast Ear Biscuits, and here's what Rhett had to say about it: "I think hopefully one of the things that has been demonstrated here is that: if you … Continue reading To all new artists:

Different type of heroes

The older I get, the more I enjoy stories without that "fairytale" ending. Instead, they're more realistic. The "hero" becomes damaged by what he or she had to do. There's no simple life anymore. Everything has changed. Even if the overall is better, there's no perfect way to save everything. We ask this question all … Continue reading Different type of heroes

Three important items to pack for a conference

The writing/editing conference season is kicking off! Some have already started, but some are coming up soon. Figuring out what to pack for these conferences can be tricky, because you never know who you're going to meet. So, here's a list of items to start your conference with: Notepads with pens It's easier to handwrite … Continue reading Three important items to pack for a conference

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

Stuck in NaNoWriMo

It's easy to get stuck during NaNoWriMo. After writing 31,673 words in 19 days or even 5,000 words in a few days, what else could I write about? The story has a plot, but there's no clear path of where the story is going. I've gotten to this point many times during this NaNoWriMo. Before … Continue reading Stuck in NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Update!

We're a bit over halfway through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) right now. No matter how many words you've written, remember that you're an amazing writer and have accomplished something. I'm proud of what you've done so far. You've done an awesome job! For me? I'm at 25,099 words. I still got a long way … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update!

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)

What writing classes are like

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Writing classes, also known as workshops, never have over eighteen people. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we introduce ourselves for almost seven minutes each. … Continue reading What writing classes are like

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

An artist’s fear

Many creative people are afraid to release their work. Which seems strange at the same time. We create this being - a book or an album or a painting or so - for the world to see. We design something new all together, knowing someone will see it one day. But that's the exact concept … Continue reading An artist’s fear