Cool Compound Words: Engaging Readers With the Details

Happy Friday, everyone! Have you ever noticed that compound words sound cooler than ordinary words? Like...Darkshore. Silverglass. Nightstorm. Don't they just make you want to know more? Authors, particularly in the speculative fiction genres, often make up compound words like these to add an element of intrigue to their works. Here are some of my … Continue reading Cool Compound Words: Engaging Readers With the Details

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