I think you'd be hard-pressed to argue against the idea that characters can make or break a story. In most cases, if not all, they are our guide through a story. More importantly, sometimes the story is their story. Regardless, your characters need to be compelling, or at the very least real in some manner. … Continue reading 6 tips and tricks to developing strong fictional characters
Here is a list of things every writer should consider/do/attempt when going for traditional publication: The book needs to be finished before you start thinking about publication. With memoirs and some non-fiction, you don't necessarily have to have the book completed before you start querying. This is not the case at all with fiction. You … Continue reading Want to traditionally publish a fiction novel? Here are 10 things you need to know.
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
I'm at this point in my life where I am constantly looking back. Back at old videos, back at old photos, back at old posts, etc. So here I am, back at this post. This was the first post I ever wrote and published on my blog. How ironic is it that the beginning was … Continue reading Where is “The End”
I'm reading a book right now that is making me feel things. This, from a writer's perspective, is an awesome accomplishment. He, the author, has created characters that make me hurt. He has put me in scenarios that scare me, all despite it being based in a fantasy world that couldn't possibly exist. Even so, … Continue reading 6 ways to make your writing pack an emotional punch
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
Hello! Welcome back to another repost. This original post was essentially me coming to terms with the fact that I am a nerd and like writing fanfiction about all the things. If you've been here a while, then, you already know I post fanfiction. If not, welcome! I post fanfiction. However, most of the fanfiction … Continue reading I’ll Be Posting/Editing FanFics
Hello all! As some of you know, I have graduated with my BA in English *cue roaring applause.* Thank you, thank you. Anyway, being a recent-undergrad grad, I find myself lost in a sea of post-grad depression. I'm discovering it's very hard to be determined and focused without the familiar structure of school plus work-life. … Continue reading 3 Perks of Being a Writer (stuff I discovered my last semester of undergrad)
Hello friends, newcomers, etc. It's been a long time since I've written a blog post. Rather, it's been a long time since I felt I had something worth blogging about. Recently, I've had a spurt of poetry submissions flying from my desk. As I've said time and time again, I never thought of myself as … Continue reading I’ve Been Rejected
I have never been so well dressed in my life. As many of you know, I am still in college, though I just recently signed up for graduation in December (yay!), and being in college I've had the opportunity to join the English Honor Society: Sigma Tau Delta. This offers a wide range of opportunities for all college writers, and I definitely recommend joining if one ever has the opportunity to do so. One perk that I took full advantage of was being able to submit a piece to the national convention, which means I would get a chance to travel out of state, attend a literary convention, and present my piece in front of all my peers and colleagues for my college. Needless to say, I was beyond pumped.