The beast bit me and I sat down to start a gothic novel. I started about a week ago, and I'm about 19 chapters, and 92 pages in. Needless to say, I've been swallowed by the premise and I feel as if, if I were the reader, not the writer, I'd read this book. And … Continue reading Finally – I’m writing a gothic novel!
To be a good writer, you need "arts & culture." Staying within the confines of what you know or are used to will make you a stale person, and, by default, a stale writer. Being exposed to flavors and style will open your mind and creativity to so much out there, and honestly, will likely … Continue reading Don’t be stale – be “cultured”
Here's a list of 7 books that have influenced my writing in terms of voice and tone, and have taught me how use the setting as a major character, the plot as a dreamy wonderland, and the characters as beautiful creatures that are so flawed, they're perfect.
Adding emotion to stories can be one of the more difficult aspects of writing. Sure, a writer knows what their characters are feeling, but can they make a reader *feel* the characters' emotions?
Here's a list of great online writing courses, some free, to improve your creative writing skills.
Writing a book is hard but that doesn't mean you can't use a little helps from apps.
So how do you edit your book? Each author has their own method of madness, but many would agree that these steps are critical:
Descriptions make or break writing.
There's nothing akin to the agony of editing your book. This suffering goes beyond the whole "kill your darlings" because, at least for me, I'll gladly kill my darlings if it means saving my book.
A few months ago, I mentioned my book Mistlyn on Wattpad. In the last few weeks, I've been editing it and getting it ready to send out to beta readers, and then, to agents. The only way thirteen-year-old Mistlyn can bring her dead village back to life is by going with a conniving Jinn to … Continue reading Mistlyn Chapter One