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.
I’m in the third revision of my novel right now. I’ve done all the major revisions of the text and finished all those nasty structural edits. All that’s left for me to do is go back to the beginning, look everything over again, and smooth it all out. Does this work for my character? Does […]Read more "The All-Inclusive Character Questionnaire You’ve Been Waiting For"
A couple of weeks ago, I watched the 2015 Disney/Pixar film Inside Out with my parents. I really enjoyed it, because not only was it poignant and realistic in terms of emotions and feelings, it was also incredibly funny at parts. But one of the things that interested me the most was how they talked […]Read more "Character Questions: ‘Inside Out’ Style"
Sorry for the lack of a post last week! I’ve been really busy this last little while with interviews, jobs, school and a hell of a lot of other stuff. I’m going to try and keep up blogging weekly from now on, but some adjustments will have to be made, like this one: instead of […]Read more "April Reads: THE SWORD OF SUMMER"
Characters are a big thing for me. I mean, duh—I’m a writer. But I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for character. Above all else, I’ll go for a good character. I don’t care if the plot’s crap and the drama is juvenile—if I love the character, I can waste hours of my […]Read more "Badass-ify Your Characters: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 2"
The book recommendations return, just in time for the end of NaNoWriMo!Read more "November Reads"
“Oh, you’re a writer? What do you write about?” Answer: THINGS.Read more "7 Problems Writers Have"
I’ve been down this writerly road several times. Revisions aren’t not easy. You might think it’ll be easy and you’ll be done in a few days, but yeah, no. Inevitably, there will be a lot of junk food consumed and tears shed, but you don’t have to let it take over. Here are a few ways to make sure revising doesn’t make you lose your marbles.Read more "How to Revise a Novel without Going Insane"
Admittedly, not every YA author/writer needs to read these books, but they should (if they haven’t already, that is, because most of these are super popular). For each book, I’ll link to its Goodreads’ page, give Goodreads’ summary for the book just in case you’re lazy like me, and state the reasons why I liked it and […]Read more "7 Beautifully Written Contemporary YA Novels Every YA Writer Needs to Read"
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"