I adore reading. I especially love YA and NA fiction. But I enjoy venturing into nonfiction and blogs a fair amount as well. I tend to enjoy the act of reading far more than I enjoy writing, so it’s easy to choose reading during my downtime. However, there are times that I read to help … Continue reading Reading to Write
Books, tweets, blogs, rock carvings, panels, lectures, and interviews over the centuries have provided all us lovely and mystical creatures known as writers heaps of wonderful contradicting advice. This is a collection of my favourite bits of writing knowledge.* *These are solely from my time as part of the Twitter writing community thus far. “Slow … Continue reading Words of Writing Wisdom
Joseph made breakfast and tea, then spilled it. This sentence may state what is happening in a story, but it doesn’t evoke much emotion in the reader. The empathy comes and goes as quickly as the words pass through the mind. It’s a good example of a “tell” sentence that gives a reader the knowledge … Continue reading Small, Important Details
Actions can convey so much, and nearly every character will have movement in your writing, whether it's directly mentioned or not. In many books I've read over the last two years, I've noticed very little movement described outside the generic ran, jumped, sat,and walked. And I've started realising more and more just how much I … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Action
Blue eyes, grey skies, red lights, and black nights. Colours are always surrounding us, in life, nature, and fiction. And they have become very cliché over the years and centuries in which they’ve been used to describe appearances of people, the world, and everything in between. They’ve also been used as symbols and pathetic fallacies, … Continue reading Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés
Tea in hand, Google Docs pulled up, Harry Potter soundtracks blaring through my headphones, and a desire to write (and hopefully motivation and inspiration to go with it). This is a common picture of how I start writing on whatever project on any given day. But lately, I’ve found myself sitting down and just staring...and … Continue reading Writing: Planning a Scene
What will Zoe do when she finds herself in a dangerous situation on the train?