“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
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The thing about Black Panther is that even though T’Challa is the main character, the movie’s not really about him. In a lot of “origin” stories, the hero is the focus, and that often means that a lot of the other characters are underdeveloped. But Black Panther is a story about Wakanda in its entirety, not just a single character. It’s not just about T’Challa, but T’Challa and all the people that work with him (key word: with, not for).Read more "Black Panther (2018) Movie Review + Thoughts"
MILK AND HONEY is one of those books you know about even before you pick it up.
Turns out, even though I thought I knew a fair amount about MILK AND HONEY, it still surprised me. People have told me that’s its so incredibly beautiful—life-changing, even. The truth is, it wasn’t all that life-changing for me. But it was still one of the most beautiful things I’ve read.
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.Read more "6 Mistakes New Writers Make (and How to Fix Them)"
“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"