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
So you want to be a published author? These past few months, I went to a few aspiring author workshops at my local library and historical center. Two brilliant writers with endless wisdom, Cinda Williams Chima and Vivien Chien, were there to discuss tips and tricks. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned through the years, heard on podcasts, and gleaned from these … Continue reading Five Tips For Aspiring Professional Writers
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?
Love it or hate it, instapoetry is the literature buzz of the moment. Whether or not it’s real poetry or a valuable literary asset is an argument for another day, and believe me, plenty of people have made those arguments. No matter what instapoetry is, there’s no denying that it’s popular. Rupi Kaur and her peers have sold millions upon millions of self-published books, and … Continue reading How Writing Bad Poetry Made Me a Better Writer
Congratulations! You’ve taken the first big step toward writing a novel: you started. You’ve got an idea burning in the back of your brain, you’ve got characters itching to leap into existence, you’ve got a setting just waiting to be brought to life. The only thing standing between you and your grand vision is fifty thousand little words. Easy peasy. Or… not. It’s a big … Continue reading So It’s Your First Time Doing NaNoWriMo