One of the easiest ways to become a better writer is to read. Read how other people have expressed their ideas and stories. Be observant and critical. If you find something that is beautiful, captivating, or well-written, analyze it until you’ve figured out how it was done. If you find something that is tedious, awful,… Read More Read to be a Better Writer
I’m no good with listing favorites. It’s a tough commitment to make. What if you overlook something and misrepresent your true self? Okay, that’s overly dramatic, I know. Really though, I’ve never enjoyed selecting just a few songs, artists, movies, books, dishes or meals, or whatever as my absolute favorites. I decided to list instead,… Read More 7 Books that I Love
I have a working title for my novel! Finally! I had been working on trying to come up with one for months. I talked about it already in Choosing a title for your novel (check it out for more specific advice), but I was having absolutely no luck on my own. I brainstormed on paper. I wrote down loads of possible titles.… Read More Brainstorm the Name of your Novel
Once upon a time there was a girl who got bitten by the writing bug. She happened to get bitten at a most inopportune time. The bite occurred during her final semester of undergraduate courses. For some, this isn’t a busy time at all. For others, like our heroine, it was. There were essays, exams, and plenty of books… Read More Current Project – Mental Breakdown
Inspiration. It can come from anywhere. As a writer, I find that a lot of my story ideas come from the dreams that I have. Sure, story ideas come from other places too: tv, books, news, places that you see, events that you experience. Creating a story based on your dreams however, is a much more… Read More Finding Inspiration: The Cloudy Space Between Dreams and Reality
Sometimes it’s the people around you who create the best lines. My sister is adventuring at the Salton Sea tonight. She texted me the following: The line is incredibly poetic if speaking figuratively. I’ve been imaging tons of scenarios where I can use it. Try not to steal it too.
I am currently on a revising high after being in an editing low. Rather than simply looking for typos and oddly worded sentences, I’ve been rewriting chapters, adding new scenes, and moving chapters around within my current work in progress. I’ve been having so much fun that I haven’t taken the time to blog about it. The last… Read More Revising Highs