To call Taylor Swift’s newest single an exercise in narcissism is to say that rain is wet, or perhaps that rainbows are colorful. Obvious, maybe, but denied by the second most hyped thing to come out of this week. Swift herself says the song is about “embracing your individuality and really celebrating it, and owning it.” (Not, apparently, about the nature of color and light, … Continue reading Taylor Swift’s “ME!”: An Ode to Narcissus with a Nod to Winnie the Pooh
Capitalizing on the Captain Marvel buzz, Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store hit Netflix just days ago and has since been met with mixed responses. The film is a heartwarming, quirky tale that meanders through the life of a young artist trying to come to terms with adulthood. It’s fun and lighthearted, with a fantastic cast, quality performances, and only a few questionable music choices. … Continue reading Brie Larson’s ‘Unicorn Store’ Is a Glitter-Bombed Look into the Millennial Soul
Love triangles are one of the most overused tropes out there today. In any kind of writing. Novels, movies, television shows, comics—all of them include characters fighting over who gets to love someone. Like any bit of writing, love triangles can be used well. But they can also ruin an otherwise good story. There’s no good way to write a love triangle, because the minute … Continue reading How Not to Write a Love Triangle
The most oft-repeated piece of writing advice is, of course, show, don’t tell. There are articles all over the internet of varying degrees of accuracy explaining what exactly this means and how to put it into practice in your own writing. To save you the trouble of googling it and squinting angrily at the plethora of almost-but-not-quite good advice out there, here’s a basic explanation … Continue reading The Reality of ‘Show, Don’t Tell’
That’s the goal, isn’t it? Become one of the highest paid, most well-known and widely popular authors in the world. What writer wouldn’t want that? J.K. Rowling’s formulaic writing is fairly easy to crack, and yet no one has even come close to her levels of stardom recently. People toss around the phrase “the next J.K. Rowling” in the same way they talk about the … Continue reading How to Be the Next J.K. Rowling
There are two types of millennials in the world: those who love The Little Mermaid and those who think Ariel is the entitled embodiment of bad decision making. Whether or not you’ve actually seen the movie is irrelevant. Even if you just have a passing knowledge of the story and have heard Jodi Benson crooning “Part of Your World,” you probably have an opinion on … Continue reading Your Enjoyment of ‘The Little Mermaid’ Can Determine Your Outlook on Life
You did it! Or maybe you didn’t do it, didn’t quite hit your word count, didn’t end up with the story you imagined. That’s okay. You have words! And those words are twisting together and stacking high to make a wonderful story. Even if you can’t see it yet, whether you have fifty thousand words or just five thousand, there’s potential in the pages of … Continue reading So NaNoWriMo Is Over… Now What?