What did a Japanese reality show teach me about writing?
What is a bad writer? Not someone who isn't sure where to put a comma, not someone who isn't sure what the difference is between effect and affect, and not someone who writes in run-on sentences. No, none of these things mean that someone is a bad writer. No, no, in fact, it is something … Continue reading How to be a bad writer, then how to get better
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
You should go out into the world and proudly proclaim that you are a writer. Why? Let's talk about that.