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Character Soundtracks

Originally posted on The Cozy Quill:
If you’re anything like me, you love music. It helps me clear my head and think about something else after a long day or long week. It’s calming. Lyrics often describe an emotion we’re feeling perfectly and we resonate with it. We all have a favorite song or songs,…

Show, Don’t Tell: A thought from “Drown” by Junot Diaz

            Oftentimes, a writer will find themselves stressing over the specific details of a character such as what they wear, what color shirts they prefer, what sort of car that they drive, their hair color, and all of the physical descriptions that you can think of. However, if you get […]

You Might as Well Plot It

You Might as Well Plot It I admit it, before I hated outlining what I was going to write. Sometimes I still do. The reason is because as we write we come to the understanding that we typically flow away from the outline even if it does give us some sense of where we are going […]

Reading Writerly

Have you heard it? It’s the biggest secret of writing that everyone knows; read. You hear it from everyone, Stephen King included. In order to become a great writer you must read, read more, and then keep on reading. But as a writer I’ve discovered something that you’re not often told. Just how does reading help […]

Longhand vs Type

Originally posted on overcoatpockets:
The question might not be important to some people but I have found myself struggling with this in the past few years. Should I type my novels, or write them longhand? It wasn’t a problem when I started writing. My family had a computer but I was in middle school. I…

Are You Going to Read This Post? – Conflict

That’s the conflict I’m giving you. And I give it to you for a reason because it helps you learn something about yourself by making a decision. There are people who skim things, people who look over things that aren’t interesting right away, and there are people who try to expand themselves for betterment by […]

Books are our Greatest Weapons: A Personal Story

In 1990 there was a child born whose love of books was nurtured by her mother. Books, she was told, could take her away, be her escape. Books were able to take her through journeys in other worlds, different planets, even around the United States. They allowed her to be whomever she wanted to be, […]

Guest Blog: Your One Thing

From ElliWrites 🙂

To Writers and Readers – A video that will inspire.

How is everyone? I hope this post finds you all well, and I apologize for my little hiatus that I was on. There has been a lot going on in my personal life that’s needed tending to, but I haven’t forgotten about you! And today I am sitting here writing this with new fervor and enthusiasm. […]

NaNoWrImO: National Novel Writing Month

For those new to the game, November is National Novel Writing Month, or as Chris Baty has named it, NaNoWrImO! The challenge is to write 50,000 words during the month and throw away that inner voice that threatens your writing and confidence. I won the challenge two years ago, but last year I had trouble […]