What fantasy writers need in their stories

I attended Fantasy Writer’s Week from ProWritingAid, and one of my favorite talks was over an emotion writers should focus on: wonder. Wonder is a sweet mix between surprise and admiration. Bringing wonder into a story allows the reader to get more immersed in an unfamiliar world. It makes them want to know more. Dave … Continue reading What fantasy writers need in their stories

Try not to laugh

You try not to laughat the words coming out of my mouthcause life isn’t simple like that You know every blankand say what you thinkwhile I talk into an ever-growing void But maybe it’s less that I’d like to get to know youand more that I wish I was you You try not to laughat … Continue reading Try not to laugh

First lines given – #10

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Jaya! She said: I absolutely love this first line. Here we go: And the gale came shrieking like a woman mourning the loss of her man, but you welcomed it … Continue reading First lines given – #10

First lines given – #5

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Dea Jones! She said: This one could go in many different directions. I decided to take an older approach to it though. Here's the result: A cold Spam sandwich and … Continue reading First lines given – #5

How many rejections is too many?

A while back, I was on a live stream with Anna Akana when she did something that surprised me. Instead of saying "aw man" or so when I mentioned how many rejections I have gotten, she got excited. She said it was good for me. After the rejections made a mountain on my desk, they … Continue reading How many rejections is too many?

Common writer mistakes #2

#2 — Vagueness for tension A novel I edited recently kept saying him and his death for about twenty pages before actually explaining who he was. Instead of feeling a sense of curiosity, I was confused. I kept wondering who he was and why he mattered. I’ve run across this type of vagueness before. Some … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #2

Biggest writer worry

As a writer, I don't like looking back on my old writings. Something that seemed like wonders when I wrote it could feel like trash when I go back and read it. It's almost like a self-hate for my past self even though I know I wasn't as experienced then. A part of me believes … Continue reading Biggest writer worry

Writing trends

Books that sell always seems to have a trend. We had fairytale retelling trend, dystopian society trend, LGBTQIA+ trend, etc. Popular books always have a theme between them. If we pay attention, they often tell stories about problems with our world.  Many relevant books about our pains are up there in sales volume. It always … Continue reading Writing trends

Me VS other creative projects

Other creative works can be frustrating. I know hundreds of books, movies, music, musicals, and more. But the first thing I do is criticize them every time. I don't mean to though. I always look forward to diving into a new world. I want to see something that will blow my mind away. But the … Continue reading Me VS other creative projects

Cheating with writing prompts

As someone in many Facebook writing groups, I've come across various thoughts. One of those is how writing prompts are "cheating". I never thought writing prompts are cheating before. Sometimes I mix prompt ideas together until I make something new altogether. The prompts are like a creative boost for me than anything else. When I'm … Continue reading Cheating with writing prompts