It’s hard to explain how she feels most of the time. Sometimes she feels like energy is running through her veins, like the world is a little brighter and a little sharper and she has a plan for everything. Those are the good days. Sometimes she wakes up and her veins are filled with molasses, […]Read More Story Snippet: October
She drags the door open, peering inside. Thankfully, the door doesn’t creak, and neither of the two occupants—a pretty girl with pink hair and a boy with corn-silk hair who seems to be the source—seem to notice her. The music is louder now, and far more beautiful. Abruptly, the boy turns his head to the […]Read More Story Snippet: August
The definition of what a writer is has been debated within the writing community for ages. What are the parameters? What do you have to have accomplished in order to be considered one? Do you have to finish a novel? Publish something? Get picked up by one of the Big Five houses? Do you need to be on the New York Times bestseller list?
But here’s the thing: if you think you’re a writer, you are one.Read More Yes, You’re A “Real” Writer
He has never found a place that feels like home. He’s lived in this house for over a year, can count all the cracks on his bedroom ceiling. He knows where the floorboards creak and where the old stairs dip. The flashing lights and heavy bass thudding through the room might be the most familiar […]Read More Story Snippet: June
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
A couple weeks ago I promised a list of all the writing resources I’ve come across that have helped me become a better writer. I hope these links can help you as much as they’ve helped me.Read More Writing Advice Masterpost Part 1: Plotting, Characters and World-Building
As you can probably guess from the title (or if you follow me on Twitter), I just launched a novel with Tapas Media! I created a story with @tapas_app called HUMAN! It launched yesterday and I’m so proud of it. Check it out here: https://t.co/4eeYGEnLrx — A. C. Wyatt (Alex) (@alexisabooknerd) June 11, 2017Read More Announcement: I launched a story with Tapas!
“Why?” It’s the first thing her mother’s said since she picked her up from the station. Nothing there, nothing in the car. Not a single word until the door closes behind them. Audrey glances into the kitchen. Past the yellow police tape, she can still see the blood if she looks close enough. Why. She’s […]Read More Story Snippet: March
So we’ve done all the messy stuff, all the major structural surgery. Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty—polishing off that revision. Treat it like a second revision. Save it under a new file name. Change the font. Print it out, if you can. Think on a word- and sentence-level. Though the big […]Read More The Final Polish: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 4
Here’s the thing: we don’t need to have a slightly-overweight-turned-lean-warrior girl searching for her kidnapped father for there to be moral ambiguity. That’s like saying a story can’t have drama in it unless there’s a love triangle, or a manuscript doesn’t have any suspense in it unless it’s a murder-mystery. The truth you’re not seeing is those dumb high school stories can be rich with moral ambiguity, too.Read More #MorallyComplicatedYA