The Return of Doubt: a Writer’s Buzzkill

Over the last few weeks, I've experienced the most inspiration I've had in ages. There was no climactic moment in my life that ignited this outpouring of expression. For whatever reason the spark just came like a surprise visit from your favorite uncle that you haven't seen in years. I resurrected a story I laid [...]

What’s the Point of Critiquing Published Books?

Recently, a friend of mine posed the question: What's the point of critiquing published works? It's already published so it's not like the author can rewrite it for a better review or something. Personally, I don't critique books that often unless the author is dead, or I have something positive to say about the novel. [...]

Finding Life Advice in the Restroom

I was using the bathroom before my 11:00 class, when I noticed the utility cupboard was open for some reason. It had multiple quotes written on the inside of it, all in magic marker or pencil. I have no idea why people wrote on the cupboard or why it just happened to be ajar when [...]

Fighting the Apathy: a Writer’s Senioritis

There are two weeks of school left before summer vacation. Normally, I would be in full-fledge panic mode, but seeing as this is my 5th year in college I give myself a slap on the back just for showing up to class. I've changed my major two or three times which has hindered my progress [...]

Abandon Manuscript!: The Diary of a Quitter

I'm notorious for jumping ship whenever a story becomes complicated. Friends ask me frequently how a story is going and my blood goes cold. "Oh," I think, "just imagine a sinking boat that suddenly catches fire only to be extinguished by a humpback whale, leaping from the water and crushing it into splinters with its [...]

Unpopular Opinions: The Great Gatsby

WARNING: Contains a substantial amount of bellyaching. Those who do not wish to subject themselves to ranting about American literature should flee immediately. Hide your librarians.  The Great Gatsby was one of the few novels I remember people liking in high school. I was not one of those people. In fact, I thought it was [...]

A Writer’s Guide To People Watching

WARNING: The following contains shenanigans.  I don't like the term "people watching." There's something distinctly stalker-isque about it. I prefer to call it "spontaneous character building." When I'm sitting alone in a public place and I spot a person with a strange tattoo, haircut, or distinctive clothing, I'll make up a story about them. It's [...]

Thoughts On “Me Before You”

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE NOVEL. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  I hadn’t heard about this book until after I saw the movie trailer with Khaleesi as the main role. However, it seemed like a good premise so I decided to give it a go. Here are my thoughts after having completed the novel in its [...]

Writing In Books: Yay or Nay?

I enjoy reading annotations in secondhand books. I like seeing underlined phrases and wondering why that particular passage meant so much to the reader before me. It gives me the opportunity to wonder what kind of person they were and if, in the improbably event we ever met, we would be friends. It also makes [...]