First Impressions for Days

You got one chance and you can't throw away your shot. Everyone's watching the stage eagerly. It doesn't matter if it's a song, movie, play, or your novel, the first impression always needs to be top notch. If you can't catch your reader's attention in the first few seconds, there's a good chance you won't catch … Continue reading First Impressions for Days

A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Eventually the editing has to stop, right? All the hours to days to months to years of editing that one certain story cannot keep going on. It's difficult to stop. It's more difficult to get your stories out there and known however. Many literary agents love to accept writers that already have a name for … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part five) – small publications

Friendly Writing Reminder

To create worlds that no one has ever seen before, we must cry, bleed, and smile. Life isn't just the sunny side. We need a thunderstorm to give others a rainbow. So, if it seems like it's not going your way or that you may not even be able to publish anymore, remember that it's … Continue reading Friendly Writing Reminder

Oh. You want the truth?

Oh. You want the truth? It’s a bit messy. It’s the joke your friends make that you shyly laugh off. It’s the smiles and tears that come when someone finally sees the end. It’s the hours upon hours of sitting in one place, hoping the mixture of words turn out better than where it started … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?

Jack of all trades

I bet you've heard of the Jack of all trades expression before, but have you heard the full version? Jack of all trades, master of none, though often times better than master of one. I grew up only knowing half of the expression. Jack of all trades, master of none. The expression put such a downside to … Continue reading Jack of all trades

#1 writing mistake

Over the years, I've read through hundreds of different novels and short stories from published and non-published writers. One mistake sticks out in both crowds: needing to show the story instead of telling it. Telling a story is when a writer blandly states something in their story. An example of this would be: There was mist … Continue reading #1 writing mistake

Joy of Writing

A deadline always stares at you. Or perhaps the goal you set for yourself is already years behind you. Another rejection letter sinks in your trashcan. Or maybe another critic just couldn't make it through your piece without ripping it to shreds. Either way, sometimes it's difficult to remember the joys of writing. Creating something … Continue reading Joy of Writing

A writer’s journey (part four) – editing like crazy

Writing never stops and neither does editing. I’ve found that I almost enjoy editing a piece more than writing one sometimes. At the end of the day, I like to say: “Look how much this piece has grown! It has more character developments and world details. It also flows more since I took out the … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part four) – editing like crazy

Creativity is a fire

My sophomore year, my college writing professor sat at a simple cheap table in our new classroom. Being the first day of class and not knowing anyone there, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out … Continue reading Creativity is a fire

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It’s simply insane sometimes Of how much we put into our lives Only hoping the memory of us will live For others to come   I have heard stories of others Of how they stood bravely Only fighting on their hopes and dreams For the life they desired   Yet those who love, find another … Continue reading Home