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
What is a query letter? How do I write one? Why is that important for getting published? Let's talk about that.
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
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
I'm embarrassed to say that only a few days ago I finally bought myself minecraft. I've played the pocket edition demo and enjoyed watching my friends and favorite let's players play it, but never had I played the actual game myself before. I can't believe I have lived so long never having played it. Better … Continue reading What I learned about writing from Minecraft
For as long as I've been a part of writing communities, I've been surprised by how intensely focused everyone is on their word counts. NaNoWriMo? Based solely on word count. Writing sprints? Based on word count (most of the time). Genre? Has preferred word counts. Novels? Novellas? Short stories? Flash fiction? All based on word … Continue reading Word counts? How important are they?
I've noticed a trend with my work. Since I'm in the editing process of An Austrian March I have little time and energy to work on another full-fledged novel or novella, and until it's done and published, I won't be doing very much novel writing. However, as I mentioned before, I have a very intense need for writing … Continue reading Open Endings