I recently read a tweet that basically said even though schools teach you to read “adult” books, it’s ok to read horror and romance and fantasy and fairy tales and science fiction. Heck yeah! It’s so ok to read what you love and love what you read. And I’m not just saying that because I … Continue reading Genre Shaming
I never seem to remember just how crazy the end of the year is until it’s here. But I’m back! Over the break, I started compiling a writing journal. It’s not a journal where I free write or jot down ideas—though I do have one of those. Instead, it’s a place for me to keep … Continue reading Writing Journal
Write a story with the following line: “Are you sure?” he asked. But she was already in the wind.
Every writer has strengths and weaknesses. For example, I tend to skimp on descriptions, but I write decent dialogue. For a while, I didn’t realize it was decent; I just knew I enjoyed writing it. But when I started to show my writing to people, they would comment on my dialogue: smiley faces, or “good … Continue reading An Introvert’s Guide to Dialogue
I work better with a deadline. A lot of people do. And it’s always been sort of built into my life in school. But when you’re doing something for yourself, something that doesn’t have a built-in deadline, then you have to make your own. So, I’ll choose a date and put it in my calendar … Continue reading Deadlines and Accountability: My NaNo Announcement