Things To Do at Home (When You’ve Done Everything Else)

Life is crazy right now, which you already know because you’re living it, too. It’s going to take a lot of effort to get through this with our sanity intact, but I know we’re up to the challenge. There are plenty of great posts out there already with ideas to keep you occupied while quarantining or social distancing, but can you ever have too many … Continue reading Things To Do at Home (When You’ve Done Everything Else)

5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

My wife and I got our first dog together in November of 2019. I should first clarify by saying that of course we grew up with dogs, both us with labradors whom we loved and adored, but the dog we took in during the waning months of 2019 was our dog. Like never before in our lives we were solely responsible for the health and … Continue reading 5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

An Argument for Literary Perseverance

Nearly every job I’ve ever had I’ve quit for a reason that was, in all reality, rather unsatisfactory. I cleaned pools throughout college and, when told my future sister-in-law was moving to Georgia for work, I decided to quit altogether over the phone that same day, at a pool I was cleaning no less, rather than ask for a single day off. My first real … Continue reading An Argument for Literary Perseverance

Our Favorite Strong Female Characters

Today is International Women’s Day! So we here at the Lit Nerds thought we’d celebrate with a few of our favorite female book characters. Whether badasses, babes, or just adorable cinnamon rolls, we love our well-written women. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, check out one of these ladies’ stories! Gideon and Harrow the Ninth Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir “How do … Continue reading Our Favorite Strong Female Characters

Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?

If you struggle with writing dialogue, you’re definitely not alone. As a big part of characterization, dialogue can be the difference between whether a reader loves or hates your characters. Dialogue that’s not broken up by action can be confusing, but too many dialogue tags can bog down your writing. Plus, people tend to talk differently than they write. Should you include slang or speech … Continue reading Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?