Society demandsbut I don't listen to thosemanipulative words Pushed to the backgroundwho notices their staresif no mirrors are around? Society begsbut I've left themin the rearview mirror Shoved to the dirtwho notices their threatsif no one's around? Society screamsbut I've put onmy headphones, full volume Squished to their moldI decided to be my own societyto … Continue reading Society
Writers—myself included—seem to stare at a clock, wondering if we're writing fast enough, if we're hitting our goals on time, etc. But we often forget that life isn't a race, and neither is writing. You are amazing whether you write five words or over a thousand words today. It doesn't matter how fast you get … Continue reading A reminder for writers: time edition
One of my poems got published with Sheila-Na-Gig, and it's up! I am one of eight poets chosen for the Under Age 30 section. You can check it out here. I had the first stanza stuck in my head while wandering around a Target back in 2020. I'm not sure where the words came from. … Continue reading A poem of mine got published!
Today's the last push for NaNoWriMo! If you've already made it, congrats! Hitting 50,000 words is a huge deal. I hope you celebrate that accomplishment. If you're close, I believe in you! You can push those words out and reach the mark today. Even if something comes up, you'll find the time to push all … Continue reading Last push!
Time for a NaNoWriMo update! This year, I’m rewriting one of my high school novels, my second novel called Free. I haven't touched the Word file in almost ten years, and I barely remember the story. I didn't go back through and read it before NaNoWriMo. Instead, I’m writing it from scratch, creating new scenes … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update —— #1
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
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
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
#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