“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
—C. S. Lewis
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Look, I was—and still am, for the most part—a new writer. I’m not trying to say that being green here is a bad thing, because it’s not. It’s a time of huge growth and it can be one of the most exciting parts of being a writer, because everything is so shiny and fascinating. But I made a lot of mistakes as a new writer, some of them good and some of them bad, and I’d like to offer this post as a cheat sheet for everyone in my place.
“I’m sorry,” he says, small and pained and scared and gone. “I’m sorry, I can’t, I shouldn’t, I won’t.” “B—” she whispers, mouth open and terrified and so beautiful, “please—talk to me, baby, please—” “I won’t do this to you,” he says, and it’s final this time. “I won’t do this to you, too.” He […]Read more "Story Snippet: February"
That story, with its unoriginal characters and cliché storyline, was my first ever attempt at a novel. Now, after eight years, three failed attempts at novels, and two successful ones, I can still see a clear path from that story to my newest one.Read more "Why Remembering Your First Novel Matters"
TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN is very different from a lot of John Green’s books. If you’re expecting the grandiose of TFiOS or PAPER TOWNS, you won’t find it here. But John’s said it’s his most personal novel, and that shows.
I’ve been waiting five years for another John Green book, and BOY DID THIS ONE NOT DISAPPOINT.Read more "January Reads: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green"
Maybe you’re not “good enough” to become a New York Times bestseller. Maybe you’ll never get published. But writing doesn’t have to be about those things. You can just write for yourself. If you have something you want to write, be it an epic fantasy novel or a short fanfiction, do it. You don’t have to be the next Shakespeare or John Green or [insert idol here]. You don’t have to write for anyone but yourself. If it makes you happy, that’s all you need.Read more "4 Dangerous Lies People Tell About Writing"
I have always been stubborn. I’m a stubborn teenager/semi-adult who was a stubborn kid and an even stubborner toddler before that. Sometimes, that’s a good thing; it pushes me through hard situations and keeps me going. But it also means I’ve never known how to give up on things.Read more "How to Learn When to Give Up"
After a brief hiatus, I’m back! Put yourself first. I’ve never been good at putting myself first. It’s caused me a lot of pain and heartbreak over the years, and it’s something I want (and need) to stop. Putting everyone else first can seem harmless, but over time, sacrificing myself for others just reinforces the […]Read more "New Year’s Resolutions"
Due to exams/work/holiday stress, I’ll be on a hiatus from this blog for the rest of the month. I will be back the first week of January. You may have noticed that for the last little bit, my posts have been a little erratic. I skipped a week, and have been late for a couple […]Read more "Hiatus"
Matt’s staring at him, lips pulled down and eyes soft like he knows what Braedyn’s thinking, what he’s gonna say. It’s not the first time; it won’t be the last. “Nah,” Braedyn says, shaking his head. “Not today.” Then he turns around and walks away.Read more "Story Snippet: December"