We’ve all wondered. We’ve all been scared. Every writer on the planet (barring complete and utter narcissists) has asked THE question before. “Does my story suck?” Eh, maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. There comes a point where we writers are too attached to our work, and we just can’t see the mistakes that others can. We’ve bled our […]
15 Tips for Awesomely Effective Self-Editing
Note: NONE of this will ever replace the expertise of an experienced, professional proofreader or editor. You should never forego professional editing services if you want to stand out and be taken seriously as an author. However, these tips can help you get your manuscript in tip-top shape before you send it off to red-pen purgatory–so […]
7 Ways NOT to Start Your Story
Disclaimer: I know there are always exceptions to these rules. You don’t have to let me know that it’s been done successfully before–I know it has. But I also know that the majority of us can’t pull this off; that people are tired of these cliches, and even if you do something brilliant with your […]
VIDEO: Why I Like Short Stories and Flash Fiction–And a Few Writing Tips!
Hey, everyone! It’s been a little bit since I have shared a vlog with you, but here I am. In honor of our blog tour we’re putting together over at The Short Story and Flash Fiction Society, I wanted to put together a video talking about why I enjoy short stories and flash fiction. We’re […]
VIDEO: Tips for Building Believable Characters
If you’ve ever struggled creating characters, well… you’re in the same boat as the rest of us. It’s difficult to build good, believable characters, isn’t it? Thankfully, I have some tips for you to try. If you’re already an advanced writer, maybe these will seem too generic. In that case, skip to the end so you can see my cats. If you’re willing to try a few things though, have a watch 🙂
On Overcoming the Fear of Writing
It crept in and settled there, waiting, never leaving, not even if I was successful. That damn Impostor Syndrome. I felt like I’d always get turned down for everything, and if I didn’t, there must be some mistake or they couldn’t find anyone better, or it was just a one-time thing and I shouldn’t get used to feeling hopeful. If I wasn’t spending my time trying to convince myself to just get over my fears and make art already, I was chewing my fingernails because I’d made art but it probably wouldn’t be good enough.
It was bad. And sometimes, it still is. But I want to tell you how I improved–and how you can, too.