Book Discovery: Phoenix Fire by S.D. Grimm

Hey y'all! I'm adding a new type of post to this blog, so expect occasional "Book Discovery" articles in the future! Here's the scoop on these posts: they are not book reviews. Instead, the "Book Discovery" articles are meant to make us better writers by learning from the pros of published books, particularly new-and-cool books … Continue reading Book Discovery: Phoenix Fire by S.D. Grimm

Lessons From Literature: Reader Immersion in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Hello dear friends! I apologize that my Lessons from Literature series got interrupted; some personal things came up (nothing terrible, just lots to attend to) and so I couldn't work on my blog the way I wanted to. But I have returned! Welcome to the fourth and final Lessons From Literature post! Today we’ll be … Continue reading Lessons From Literature: Reader Immersion in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Lessons From Literature: Character Depth in Thor: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron

Welcome to the third Lessons From Literature post! Today we’ll be discussing a comic book collection: Thor: Goddess of Thunder, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Russell Dauterman and Jorge Molina. Any good writer has to be, first and foremost, a great reader. In this blog series, we’ll explore the writing lessons I learned from … Continue reading Lessons From Literature: Character Depth in Thor: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron

Lessons From Literature: Beautiful Prose in Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Welcome to the second Lessons From Literature post! Today we’ll be discussing a classic novel: Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Any good writer has to be, first and foremost, a great reader. In this blog series, we’ll explore the writing lessons I learned from some of my favorite 2017 reads. Each post focuses on one … Continue reading Lessons From Literature: Beautiful Prose in Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Lessons From Literature: Originality in Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A-ha, you've stumbled onto my latest blog series! Welcome to the first Lessons From Literature post. Today we’ll be discussing a YA novel: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Any good writer has to be, first and foremost, a great reader. In this blog series, we’ll explore the writing lessons I learned from some of my favorite … Continue reading Lessons From Literature: Originality in Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: A Worldview That is Too “Young”

Hello and welcome! This article is the last part of a new, five-post series I’m doing on the blog. I recently unearthed a copy of the novel manuscript I wrote when I was 13 and reread parts of it. With the editing abilities I’ve gained in the last decade, I’ll be analyzing the major flaws … Continue reading Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: A Worldview That is Too “Young”

Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: Awkward Dialogue

Hello and welcome! This article is the fourth part of a new, five-post series I’m doing on the blog. I recently unearthed a copy of the novel manuscript I wrote when I was 13 and reread parts of it. With the editing abilities I’ve gained in the last decade, I’ll be analyzing the major flaws … Continue reading Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: Awkward Dialogue

Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: Too Many Plans, Too Little Action

Hello and welcome! This article is the third part of a new, five-post series I’m doing on the blog. I recently unearthed a copy of the novel manuscript I wrote when I was 13 and reread parts of it. With the editing abilities I’ve gained in the last decade, I’ll be analyzing the major flaws … Continue reading Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: Too Many Plans, Too Little Action

Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: Exposition VS. Revelation

Hello and welcome! This article is the second part of a new, five-post series I’m doing on the blog. I recently unearthed a copy of the novel manuscript I wrote when I was 13 and reread parts of it. With the editing abilities I’ve gained in the last decade, I’ll be analyzing the major flaws … Continue reading Writing Mistakes of My Younger Self: Exposition VS. Revelation