Oh hey, it's 2016! I suppose the start of a new year is as good a time as any to talk about beginnings and endings. Beginnings The intimidating first page. Many writers struggle to conquer it and write the perfect beginning. Sometimes it scares them so much they never start. What to do? How do … Continue reading Beginnings
Hello everybody! Today I would like to speak to you about words, specifically words you should avoid while writing your stories. You might ask why should you avoid certain words? Isn't writing a form of self-expression? Isn't there no one right way to write? While that's true, there is no one right way to write, … Continue reading Words to Avoid and Why (a.k.a. Newbie Writing Mistakes #1)
Some of this comes from LTUE and some of it comes from the Writing Excuses podcast Season 2 Episode 2 "Writing for Children with Brandon Mull." What is YA? First of all, let's define what exactly the YA genre is. It overlaps with Middle Grade and New Adult (which is a new genre working on … Continue reading Writing Notes #4 – LTUE & Writing Excuses – What Makes Good YA
Hi! Long time no see. 😛 I took on a freelance visual effects job recently that I thought would last for two weeks and then stretched out to almost six months. It ate my time. Sorry for the absence, but I'm back now! And I wish to return with a word or two about writing … Continue reading Writing with Goals
All good ideas!
This past weekend I went to LTUE (Life, The Universe, and Everything) a writing conference in Provo, Utah. I went to many helpful panels and took lots of notes. I plan to share them all with you! First off, some notes on writing fantasy: Why fantasy? Because it's cooler. Because dragons. (That was one guy's … Continue reading Writing Notes #3 – LTUE – Tips for Writing Fantasy (& Writing in General)
I went to a couple writing panels the other weekend when I attended Salt Lake Comic Con Fan-Experience. I figured I'd share my notes with you on two panels that I found helpful. 🙂 Writing and Your Health As writers, sometimes out health goes out the window as we focus on our next big story … Continue reading Writing Notes #2 – FanX 2015 – Your Health as a Writer and the Future of YA Writing
Very good thoughts. I need to write more.
Now to discuss the senses. We human being have five of them: sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound. Most of us are more visually based, so we often see things described that way. That's fine, but if we want to make our description rich and unique we need to remember to use the other senses. … Continue reading Description Part 3 – The Senses
All true! How do you make a character feel real? Make them their own unique human being, and let us see their heart.