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.
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"
It’s scary. But it’s also pretty wonderful. Creating characters is fun, but creating new worlds to tinker in is even more fun. Playing around in this proverbial sandbox and holding swordfights and making characters explode is one of the most exciting things ever.Read more "What the Heck is World-Building?!"
“Oh, you’re a writer? What do you write about?” Answer: THINGS.Read more "7 Problems Writers Have"
Look, guys, writing is hard. There’s plotting and planning and character-building and world-building and editing and revising and rewriting and querying. And, of course, writer’s block—the most horrible affliction of all. Here are some ways to try and combat it.Read more "Finding Inspiration"
So, last week, this hashtag, #VeryRealisticYA, was created by @ABoredAuthor (aka John Hansen), and it caught the online writing community by storm. The tweets people sent in were hilarious. (I’m too lazy to embed them, but if you want to see some of them you can go here, here or here.) But although the hashtag […]Read more "The Truth Behind #VeryRealisticYA"