Your friendly NaNoWriMo reminder

NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is about a month away. If you don't know what that is, here's a link to an explanation. It’s probably the writing community’s most productive time of the year. I usually get vague parts of a story together beforehand, but I want to plan my novel out some more this time. Here … Continue reading Your friendly NaNoWriMo reminder

7 of my favorite writing quotes

I thought today that I'd share some of my favorite writing quotes. Enjoy! A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.-Susan Sontag If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends): "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. … Continue reading 7 of my favorite writing quotes

Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

Common writer mistakes #12

#12 — Not using plain language Recently, I've seen some writers try to up their vocabulary. It feels as if they’re opening a thesaurus and writing the words they find down. Some of these words include specific plant or animal names, scientific words, uncommon verbs, etc. Grackle. Fervent. Reveille. Ostentatious. Imbibes. But it's better to … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #12

Book review – I Would Leave Me If I Could (Spoiler Free)

The average baby weighs 8 pounds.I weighed 5.The average baby is 20 inches long.I was 14.And it was on my first day on Earththat I realized I didn't measure up, and I never would. Title: I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of PoetryAuthor: HalseyGenre: PoetryPages: 144 pagesPublication date: November 10, 2020 I've … Continue reading Book review – I Would Leave Me If I Could (Spoiler Free)

Is “said” worthless?

In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?

Common writer mistakes #8

#8 — The Words Feel and Felt No matter what POV you write in, you’re going to come across the words feel or felt at some point. When I edit novels or when I edit my own work, I find a lot of feels and felts. These words are sometimes glossed over without realizing the potential that could be brought to your … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #8

Writing is hard…

Writing is hard and complex, because it's as subjective as it gets. Sometimes, someone will see the magic in what you wrote. Other times, no one will quite understand what's on the page. It's okay either way. But it's difficult for writers to see it like that. Sour reviews or rejections can make one almost … Continue reading Writing is hard…

Using pop culture as a writing release

At AWP, I went to a panel that spoke about how writers used pop culture in their published work. They'd write as if they were the characters themselves or at least in that fictional universe. Some were fun and silly, but it was also a way for them to develop and understand their feelings towards … Continue reading Using pop culture as a writing release