Dear Writer: Why You Need to Get Out into the World

Over the last few weeks, I’ve finally started dipping my toes back into the pool of writing fiction. I’m finally developing a story idea into a real book after more than a year of “absent creativity”—and at last, I had a revelation: my creativity hadn’t really been gone; it had merely been asleep, recharging.

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When I was a teenager, my dream was to be a novelist. I would sit in my room at my desk for hours, plotting, writing, editing. The “life of a writer” consumed me. This was all I ever wanted: for it to be me, my characters, and my world. And of course, one day, a best-selling novel. But things didn’t quite work out that way.

Why I Decided to Write a Novel in a Month

If you’re a writer, you may have heard of NaNoWriMo (also known as National Novel Writing Month), where authors sprint to fifty-thousand words in just thirty days. If you’re not a writer, you’re probably wondering what possessed me to do something so stupid.

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NaNoWriMo usually takes place in November, but halfway through April, I decided that I needed to write a novel now. I was tired of waiting for inspiration to strike from somewhere in the great beyond, so at the beginning of May, I did something I haven’t done in years: I just sat down and started writing.

Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I haven’t done a book review in awhile, but Salt to the Sea deserves one. What follows will be spoiler-free, so fear not, friends, and read on.

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I’ve talked several times on here about why reading is a great pastime, and why you should read more books. But if you only read one book this summer, it should be this one. And should you survive the journey, there are always other books to continue on with.

7 Books to Put on Your Reading List in 2017

“Reading is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction.” That’s how author David L. Ulin put it, and I quite agree. In our culture, distractions hold a tyrannical reign, and unless we learn to resist them, they will devour our time.

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There’s something special about reading—something you can’t achieve by watching a movie or listening to an audiobook. Reading a magic all its own. It draws your mind to focus; challenges your imagination to spin into gear. If you aren’t making time to read, you’re missing a lot of extraordinary benefits.

Dear Writer: Why You Need to Get Out into the World

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve finally started dipping my toes back into the pool of writing fiction. I’m finally developing a story idea into a real book after more than a year of “absent creativity”—and at last, I had a revelation: my creativity hadn’t really been gone; it had merely been asleep, recharging.

writer in world

When I was a teenager, my dream was to be a novelist. I would sit in my room at my desk for hours, plotting, writing, editing. The “life of a writer” consumed me. This was all I ever wanted: for it to be me, my characters, and my world. And of course, one day, a best-selling novel. But things didn’t quite work out that way.

Why There Should Be a Little Bit of You in All Your Characters

Guest Post by Braden Russell

Hey, everyone! Today I have a good friend of mine, Braden, joining me again for another guest post. He has some great insights to share with us about putting ourselves into our characters—and how it will make them better. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and make sure to hop over and check out his blog afterwards!

Why There Should Be

Basing your main characters off of yourself is generally considered a bad idea.

I did this with my first novel, Nephilim Rising, when I was sixteen years old. My main character was basically me. He had my goofy laugh. He had my vocabulary. He experienced emotions in the same way I did.

4 Major Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing Romance

Whether it’s the main plot or just a subplot, as writers, many of us strive to write good romance. We endeavor to create unique characters for our readers to ship. We want their relationships to be cute, genuine, and exciting; and so it’s important to watch out for certain clichés that make for cheap, unrealistic romance.

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Shipping characters is fun, and the more powerful and authentic the romance, the better it gets. Because above all, readers want something they can believe in; something that rings true. I’ve talked about a few things you can use to help develop great relationships between your characters, and today, I want to point out four pitfalls that cheapen romantic subplots like nothing else.