These are some current book recommendations for summer! Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a beautifully rewritten take on a classic fairytale. It mimics both a love/heartbreak story as well as a coming of age story. The characters are incredibly well-written and empowering. It does feature some darker themes, but the author handles them well. Looking for… Continue reading Reading Recommendations!
A good way to practice writing and keep up your motivation is to commit to a goal. One way to accomplish this is to participate in a writing challenge! Some publishers and websites have annual or monthly challenges that could even lead to awards or published copies of your work. These usually have qualifications that… Continue reading Challenge Yourself
A lot of writers use a special place in their story to help build their character. Sometimes the character’s bedroom has collectibles from their childhood, is messy and chaotic just like them, or has some other telling feature. Noticing these things can tell the reader a lot about the character and what they’re like or… Continue reading Setting for Character
Often times, best selling and popular books get turned into movies. The books are transformed into scripts for the movies, and are written in a completely new style. This script style is a fun trick to try when you’re a little stuck writing. Consider transforming your scene into a play script. What does the setting/stage… Continue reading Scripts
Today’s topic is using other writers’ quotes and metaphors for inspiration. Have you ever tried to write about something you’d never felt or tried yourself? It’s difficult! One thing that might help is trying to learn from others’ experiences so that you have a better idea of how to portray that experience. One thing that… Continue reading No experience? No problem!
It’s important for writers to also be readers. By reading other books, you can learn new writing methods and find inspiration for characters, plots, and genre tropes. Here are a few books I’ve personally loved the last few years. They’ve all inspired me in some way and I find that they’re often in the back… Continue reading Reading Recommendations
A lot of people who journal like to try this method. Dream journaling can be started by keeping a journal near your bed (under a pillow or on a nightstand) and recording any dreams you have as soon as you wake up. It’s important to record dreams and details immediately. We’ve all experienced having a… Continue reading Dream Journaling
This is a beautiful image I captured the other night. What does it remind you of? Can you write about the snow? Can you tell me what the surrounding landscape might look like? Is the lighting unique? What might be the light source? Do the branches break up the sky in a specific way? Does… Continue reading Night Image
“People aren’t scared of being alone in the dark, boy. They’re scared of not being alone in the dark.” -Jonathan Dunne, Hotel Miramar
Today, the writing prompt is simple: Write a short story or a scene in any genre that you’re not as confident in. Try something new! Never written sci-fi? Write a scene about an astronaut! New to fantasy? Great, create some characters for the genre! Research dragons. Good writers are good because they try new things.… Continue reading Branching Out