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
My biggest challenge in writing—whether it be blogs, books, poetry, or short stories— is changing my mind about the largest aspects of my projects. Take my current WIP and how it’s evolved just in the plotting stages over the last four years: • Contemporary YA Realism with a tragic ending about an aspiring playwright orphan. … Continue reading Writing and Changing Your Mind
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
From Harry Potter’s scar to Katniss Everdeen’s braid, from Éowyn of Rohan’s removing her helmet to Klaus Baudelaire’s adjusting his glasses, and from Elizabeth Bennet’s sass to Hazel Lancaster’s increased difficulty to breathe, descriptions in books help understand each and every character, movement, and emotion more and help us to build the film-like pictures in … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance
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
I think everyone knows the struggle of setting goals. Whether it be writing, exercise, reading, creating, or monetary goals, we can’t seem to stop ourselves from creating giant mile markers in our lives. We usually set the goals when we’re feeling on top of everything and ready to tackle the world, but we don’t often … Continue reading Setting Goals
"All writers do it. We babble on and on about our current and future projects, we make promises we have every intention to keep, but no determination to do so, and we talk about our work some more."