Writing is born through instinct and practice. If you want the stories you write to be effective and structured in a consistent manner, it couldn’t hurt to review the basics. Obviously, grammar and spelling are important, but today, I’m referring to the basic elements of fiction: style, theme, character, point of view, plot, and setting.
Category: For Writers
#NaNoWriMo2017 is 27 days away. I’ve been informed by nano vets that plot and world-building should be top priority. Each tidbit of advice was eclipsed with a warning: Know thy characters.
It’s a strange experience when I speak to non-writers about receiving rejection letters. To the outside world, hearing nothing at all is the greatest of news. Inside a writer’s world, it’s silent code for “no, we are not interested in your work.” Which, if I’m being honest, stings a little. No one likes being ignored but the fact is, writing is competitive and with thousands of people emailing agents, I understand why it’s the natural order of things. It’s a strange experience because a non-writer’s automatic reaction is usually along the lines of “I’m so sorry. They’ll rue the day…” […]
If I could sum up 2017 in a single word, it would be intense. Arduous would be appropriate, too. In April, I moved to Seattle, Washington. Through May and June, I queried my novel, hunted for apartments, and enrolled in college. June through August heralded earning work as a freelance writer, attending summer classes, acclimating to Seattle, diving into writing groups, and making new friends.
The first poems I ever wrote were pitiful creatures.
Fall book releases are magical. They have the ability to make me tremble in my rubber wellies with excitement. I live to get my hands on a new adventure, one a world barely contained by covers. My fingers are all too eager to free it, word by word, one page at a time. This is a list of five September releases I’m looking forward to.
Since the summer quarter of college ended, I couldn’t wait to get back into reading. There’s pleasure in reading because I want to and not because a paper is due next week. From the moment I stepped into my apartment, I slid a book off the shelf. The sound of it was relief, a wanting I could deny no longer, and as I turned the first page, a sacred ritual of sorts, a sigh escaped — I was home. Here is everything I’ve read since that day. THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see […]