March’s Quote of the Month

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

—Maya Angelou

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Black Panther (2018) Movie Review + Thoughts

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).

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6 Mistakes New Writers Make (and How to Fix Them)

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.

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Story Snippet: February

“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 […]

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4 Dangerous Lies People Tell About Writing

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.

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How to Learn When to Give Up

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.

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