Okay, so here’s the absolute crux of my writing advice, the most important thing I have to say on the matter (regardless of whether or not you asked me to say it): Write every single day, even when you don’t feel like writing. I don’t spare myself too many emotions when it comes to this […]
Rainbow Rowell, brilliant YA writer, uses intertextuality (or something) in her novel Fangirl to lend dimension to romantic relationships, deepen thematic elements, and increase the novel’s sense of realism. Me? I just sit here trying to figure out if intertextuality is the right word for what she did there.
After I forgot a perfectly good idea for a blog post I wanted to write, I revisited my relationship with the humble notebook. From sharpening powers of observation to protecting ideas from oblivion, the writers’ notebook is an under-appreciated tool that can strengthen your writing practice. So whatever, Stephen King.
Westworld Season 2 is a lot like Season 1: Philosophical themes, intricate plot lines, and (dare I say?) excessive violence. And while I’m loving the show overall (because robots), there are a few things about the writing this season that are really throwing me off. Is it just me, or have the monologues really gone too far?
I’ve recently lapsed slightly in my general pessimism, and it’s scaring me (optimists are inscrutable, and I’m not sure I can handle being one). Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it would be like to write for a living (be still my heart), to carve a freelance path for myself in the world of content […]
Last week, a co-worker bounded into my office and said, “Hey! You like books! Wanna not sleep for like two weeks? Read this.” On it she’d stuck a bright pink post-it note: “Here’s some nightmare fuel.” It took me a few minutes to connect the book I was holding with Michelle McNamara. A few more […]
Before I started reading through the first draft of my first novel, I thought I’d be spending the next few months editing and perfecting my novel. That’s what second drafts are for, right? Wrong.
Now that I’ve started, I’ve realized that this first run-through of my first draft isn’t an edit: it’s a total rewrite.