Month: January 2016

Organize and Keep Organized

Hey Reader, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this tip at least once already, but I’m finding that it’s one that I have trouble with. I’m one of the most organized people I know. I’m not bragging or kidding about that either. My book shelf is never out of order and I have my notes and binders for school color coded. I…

Don’t Let Reality Block You.

Hey Reader, I recently came across a quote that made me stop and think. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ― Ray Bradbury Okay, so you all know that I’m crazy about Ray Bradbury’s writing, but I’m not going to encourage drinking yourself into a good story. Not literally, anyway. But his words are genius.…

Connotation

Hey Reader, Today in my English class we had a discussion about connotation and denotation. That and the thought that goes into sentence structure. It’s a lot to explain, but I know that some of this will help you in your writing. Okay, there are two words that you need to know. Connotation is the meaning behind a word that isn’t…

Invest In Your Characters

Hey Reader, I’m going to give you a great piece of advice. Seriously, this is one of the most important things for a writer to do. There is a time in the writer’s process where they have to distance themselves emotionally from the story. They have to let go of all of the emotion and search for problems and plot…

Imagine the After

Hey Reader, This is going to be kind of short, but it is something that helps me. I thought I would share it with you. Maybe it can help you, too. I like to think that there are a few parts to writing and editing a book. There’s the Before, when you are all excited and planning and optimistic. Where…

Warnings for New Writers

Hey Newbie Writer, So you want to write a book. That’s awesome. That’s great. Writing is rewarding and inspiring and one of the most accomplishing things you can do for yourself. You can share your ideas with the world through writing. You can dream up another world to escape to. You can pretty much go anywhere and do anything and…

Tools for Writers

Hey Reader, Writing is awesome. We all know that already. But sometimes, and kind of a lot of the time, writing can get hard. Right now, I’m trying to figure out how to rewrite the beginning of my novel, rewriting how the characters meet and form their… complicated relationships. That’s really hard. You might be at a point in your…

Finish What You Started

Hey Reader, So here’s the thing. I talked a lot on Tuesday about how there isn’t a second to waste when you are writing. About how writing is that thing that fills the cracks and holds us writers together like crazy glue. I talked a lot about that, but it isn’t the only way to go. A good writer will…

Not a Second to Waste

Hey Reader, There was something that came to me today that I thought would really relate to writing. And now that I think about it, it does. Today I took my last two midterms for the semester (Yay!). For my psychology course, we had 100 minutes to answer 125 questions. The teachers always tell us to use our time wisely…

Picking Your Main Character

Hey Reader, Is it just me, or do main characters always seem to be the right one to tell the story? I mean, there is a reason for that. You want your reader to like your main character. You want it to be relatable. You want to tell the story through the best eyes possible. But there’s more to it…