What did a Japanese reality show teach me about writing?
A writer emailed me with a request, "Hello, I'm an aspiring writer and I was wondering if you have a piece of writing advice for getting through rough patches. " I'm still not sure if I gave her anything useful, but I wanted to share my response here, in case anyone else needs the reminder. I know … Continue reading 1 piece of advice for any struggling writer
One of the first pieces of advice you will ever receive as a writer is to read. Subconsciously, reading helps you learn to write in a variety of ways: you pick up grammar skills, you learn a variety of writing styles, you learn about story structure, character development, etc. All these are wonderful skills that … Continue reading The Benefit of Joining a Book Club, for Writers
Very rarely do I find things embarrassing. The most embarrassing things are the funniest. So, for the sake of laughter, I share with you two reasons (experiences) that show you why life as a writer (or my life in general) IS NOT glamorous. At all. Not even a little bit. So, as a full-time student, … Continue reading 2 embarrassing reasons why life as an author ISN’T glamorous.
It's... contemplative. Introspective. Thoughtful. It is what most would call... Boring. Most people wouldn't dare define their own writing as boring, but I'm doing just that. Why? Because it says a lot about who I am. While we're told not to take bad reviews personally, and I tend not to, I do find it interesting … Continue reading How I define my writing style
I don't tend to make rant posts (too often, anyway), but while sitting in the lobby of one of my school buildings, I happened to listen in on a conversation between a student and a teacher. Often times, our teachers don't meet with us in their offices. Why? I couldn't tell you, but this particular … Continue reading The teachers are failing. Not us.
It's been a long time since I wrote a post about what I've learned from video games and how that can be applied to writing. I've actually written two others, one about Minecraft another about Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. As it has happened with so many other gamers, life has snuck up and … Continue reading What I learned about writing from Animal Crossing: New Leaf
When I am asked this question, I like to refer back to one of my favorite picture sets of all time: But anyway, I know this is a serious question. I'll give it a serious answer, but first let me reflect on something I've recently been toying with. Have you ever thought about writing something … Continue reading How to Write Female and Male Characters
There are plenty of guides on how to do this. Plenty to be found on the internet, but a lot of them, I have found, don't have examples, which I will be sharing with you all today. If you didn't already know, there is a general consensus on how to format a manuscript, and this … Continue reading How to Format a Manuscript
With the start of summer break, my new internship, and my job, I've had a lot of trouble keeping up with my writing. I'm not going to lie, I've been majorly slacking on a lot of things. Sure, I have excuses: Tornadoes ripped through my state and my town, the great snowpocalypse, general anxiety... but … Continue reading Writing Goals