Keeping it short and sweet is impressive, but some poems just leave you wanting more!
Turns out, there's a three step formula that Pixar uses to break hearts. Learn it, then go forth and break hearts like a pro.
Creative writing classes often reiterate the same lessons, but when you read, you can pick up lessons you'll never hear in a class. These are a few of the lessons I've picked up on...
Who sees more action, mermaids or vampires? And why do people all over the world believe in dragons? Find out!
Abercrombie. Nickelback. American Idol. Razr. Would you keep reading a book if you encountered these pop culture references in the first chapter? Learn the psychology behind both sides of the argument!
Are you itching to meet other writers? Snag an agent? Sell some books? My friend, it's time to get yourself to a writers' conference.
A month ago, I talked about why writers dislike their own writing. Today, I'm taking a different tack. I'm sharing some of the sentences that bring me satisfaction when I re-read my manuscript. Since Eleanor is a character-driven novel, I have grouped the sentences by character. Hope you enjoy! About Eleanor 1) She had speaking eyes and a late-blooming … Continue reading 11 Sentences I’m Proud Of
Thanks to my hometown library's vast collection of eBooks, I've finally started reading books that were written in the twenty-first century! They sound strikingly different from the eighteenth century PDFs that I've been subsisting on since I moved to Brazil, where books written in English are a rare find. Part of that, I know, is … Continue reading When Habits of Speech Attack!
Last night, I hit 11,300 words in my new novel. (Asking yourself what happened to Eleanor? See this post). Writing a first draft is always a weird process for me. On one hand, the first draft is probably my most exhilarating draft. It is raw ideas splashed across a page. It is something created from … Continue reading Why do writers dislike their own writing?
Criss Cross, a Newberry Medal winner from Lynn Rae Perkins, begins with the sentence, "She wished something would happen." This sentence is followed up with a meandering story, told from the perspective of six different adolescents across the span of one summer. Nothing dramatic happens to any of them. None of them end up dating each other. … Continue reading Criss Cross: Do Books Really Need Plots?