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 everyone! This is technically a repost, but the old content was so useless (in my opinion), that there was no point in editing it or using it in any capacity. Instead, I want to pose a question, and maybe explore how some of the different tools we use to write change the way we … Continue reading Writing Mediums
Hello! This is, once again, an edit and repost of an old post I had. I am beginning to realize these are less simple edits and more just flat out rewrites. You know that feeling you get when you scroll through your FaceBook feed from... I don't know, ten years ago? It starts off all nostalgic … Continue reading My Editing Technique
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
Not too long ago, I wrote a post on how to format a manuscript. Then, I wrote a post on things you need to know to traditionally publish. Now it is time to learn how to actually go about getting published. The number one thing you need to learn to land an agent or publishing deal … Continue reading 9 Things you need to know before you start to query.
WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. First a little background on the game Catherine, as described on the Catherine Wiki: Catherine is an M-rated horror/romance/puzzle/adventure video game from Atlus USA, released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is developed by the same team that created Persona 3 and Persona 4: Katsura … Continue reading 4 Things Catherine taught me about writing
Don't post your work online. I made this mistake, and I see many others make this mistake. If you want to send your work out to agents and traditional publishers, don't post it online! It is considered previously published if you do so, and this includes on your own blog, etc. Granted, every publisher and … Continue reading Want to traditionally publish? Here are 8 things you need to know.
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