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:

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

Counting rejections

I could play video games or read a book, but I always end up checking my email to find another rejection. I can't remember how many rejections I've gotten now. All from small magazines and such. I'll send in some poetry or short stories, but I get the same reply back. My whole Submittable page … Continue reading Counting rejections

Book review – The Hate U Give (Spoiler Free)

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas Genre: YA Fiction Pages: 444 … Continue reading Book review – The Hate U Give (Spoiler Free)

Toughest of the tough

You'd think writing the novel was the hardest part. Or perhaps editing the novel was worse. But no. Queries always seem to be the hardest. They are the one thing I have never gotten a "this is amazing" from. I always get critiqued hard and have to start over again. I took a break from … Continue reading Toughest of the tough

Spark the story

Somedays, it’s hard to know what to write about. The inspirational genius inside shuts off and we don’t know what to do. But we have to write. Some thoughts could spark a story though, jumpstart our creativity. 1) Childhood memories Some childhood memories are more interesting than most. Perhaps you met a strange animal as … Continue reading Spark the story

Which side of the story?

Stories get pieced together strangely. I can tell you a story about a hero. She saved many children by keeping them away from harm. She may have used violence to stop her enemies, but the children were safe at the end of the day. She gave the most she could and never asked for a … Continue reading Which side of the story?

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)

Are we human?

Writers are strange people. Perhaps we're not even people at all. Few people can create an entire world from nothing. Something as small as a 65 character text could turn into a 70,000 novel without trying. But are we human if we're gods of our own worlds? We are sometimes quiet, sitting off to the side. … Continue reading Are we human?

A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Being able to write well isn’t the only thing it takes to be a writer. I’ve found that being a valuable editor has helped me with my writing as well. Editors have a keen eye for a troubled story. They know the difference between when to use a comma and when to leave the words … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs