Writing Isn’t Safe

I have been trying to pin down exactly what has contributed to my lack of productivity in the last few months in terms of my WIPs. While I have been relatively consistent with posting on this blog over the intervening months, I have not been nearly so diligent about making sure I am devoting time [...]

Your Characters are NOT Your Friends: A Public Service Announcement for Writers

I've seen several Instagram posts that say things like "is it sad that my characters are my best friends?" or "I have more conversations with my characters than I do with real people. Is that bad?" Yes. Yes, it is. Not because you're a wallflower with friends that exist only in your mind. That's perfectly [...]

Social Media Killed My Curiosity About Authors

When I was a child I daydreamed all the time about talking to my favorite writers. While I was toiling for hours over my own horrible manuscripts, I would wonder to myself what wisdom they would impart onto me if I ever mustered up the courage to write to them. Writers back then were these [...]

When a Writer You Admire is a Jerk

A few years ago, my novel writing class had a high-profile guest speaker talk to us: the award-winning author of a YA book we had been assigned to read about a week prior. I was pretty jazzed about it considering how much I'd enjoyed the story. I've had predominately good experiences with meeting published authors [...]

Opinion: Instagram v. Twitter

As a writer who is trying to gain recognition, I've done what dozens of writing magazines, podcasts, and Facebook pages keep telling me to do: have multiple platforms on multiple social media sites. This has been a...mostly unsuccessful endeavor on my part seeing as I find social media a distraction from what I really should [...]

Annoying Clichés Writers Use (Featuring Adorable Cats)

Women having hair that is waist length.  Most women I know don't have hair that is waist length. Do you know how hard it is to brush a monster that long, or keep it from getting caught in everything? Mine only went down to my shoulder blades and I had to chop it all off [...]

JK Rowling and the Inability to Let Go of Harry Potter

A fair amount of people are giving JK Rowling grief about constantly making amendments to the Harry Potter series. While I can understand where they are coming from (and heartily disagree that Hermione and Harry should have gotten together), I can't entirely blame her for not wanting to leave the Wizarding World forever. I mean, [...]

The Author Knows Best: Book-to-Movie Adaptations

I'm not a purist like some readers when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations. I believe it's okay to change certain elements, or cut out scenes if the time constraints don't allow for them. However, Hollywood has a bad habit of fixing things that aren't broken. They make badass characters completely pointless (Annabeth in the Percy [...]

10 Things Your Non-Writer Friend Doesn’t Understand

While you are able to enjoy happy and long-lasting relationships with people who have no interest in writing, there are a few aspects involved with your lifestyle that a third party, however beloved, may have trouble wrapping their head around. 1. Why You Can’t Go Out Tonight It is Friday night and your friend wants [...]