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?
You may feel down or like you're getting so much rejection lately, but let me remind you: not everyone can create worlds from nothing. Not everyone can write words down in a strange way that makes others turn their heads and smile. Not everyone can create adventures with such particular details. No one else can … Continue reading Need some writer inspiration?
It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get there. Just the fact that you get there is worth it.
Managing stress is essential for any job. It's hard to balance work (even if it's more like a hobby) with life in general. It can feel as if it's impossible to get everything done. While listening to Ear Biscuits the other day, I heard a great quote about that: "It's probably the case that feeling like … Continue reading How do we manage the stress?
I've mentioned that beta readers are useful on here before, which most of them are. But some can be harmful. A beta reader edited my novel a couple of years ago. He didn't read through it all though, but instead tore it apart and asked me to write it again. I thought through his advice … Continue reading One of the greatest mistakes
If it's hard, it's worth it. Don't give up on your stories, your novels, your writing, or anything else. You got this.
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?
Another friend jumps up and down while I sit chained to a seat. Another one. It happens so much now that I have a blurred image of how it happens. One friend sends question marks my way, shocked she could even win. Another jumps off the bed and runs towards me with an acceptance email … Continue reading Late bloomers unite