Unfortunately, this year I stumbled upon a bunch of bad books, including 5 of the worst books I’ve read in my entire life. But I’m not going to talk about the bad. Instead, I’m going to share 5 of the best books I read this year. Because despite the piles and piles of bad books, I… Continue reading Top 5 Books Read in 2015
I’m looking for some new books to start reading in January. Here’s an idea of what I tend to like and dislike. Genres: YA fantasy, YA contemporary fiction, urban fantasy, paranormal, fantasy, Children’s fantasy, dystopian What I Like to Read: Magic Schools Warrior/Guard Training Thieves/Pickpockets Twisted Fairytales Royalty/Court Life Racial Diversity Betrayal Siblings Female Warriors Loyal… Continue reading Recommend Some YA Books!
Filter words are not forbidden, but oftentimes they cloud writing and distance the reader from the story. Sentences can become worlds better by eliminating some of these filter words. Examples of Filter Words (Verbs): Senses: hear,listen, sound / feel, touch, / see, seem, look, stare, glance, watch / smell, / taste / sense Mind: remember,… Continue reading Editing Out Filter Words and Other Unnecessary Things
This is Part 2: Beginning the Editing. Currently, I am on this step for one of my books, so I will use a few examples from that experience to explain the process. Read Part 1: Preparing for Editing first to see how I compile my chapter list, plotline, to-do list, and note cards for editing. Note: the… Continue reading How I Begin Editing
Since I am currently editing one of my books, I thought it would be useful to start chronicling my process. So here goes Part 1: Preparing for Editing! The journey begins with a first draft, whether written during NaNoWriMo or written in my free time. Either way I generally have 50,000-80,000 words of a novel to work… Continue reading How I Prepare for Editing
Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor is filled with clean paragraphs, slow reveals, and new ways to look at scenes. As I was reading this book, I collected some techniques that were executed perfectly in the book. Writing tips Keep writing down to essentials, skip ahead instead of walk sequences (especially important in first person POV).… Continue reading Writing Tips from Reading Prep School Confidential
See my post here for more information about this chart. Draco Malfoy Family Situation: Father expects a lot from him, only child, his father used to be a criminal; when his father’s master returns, he rejoins the criminals and Draco gets swept into the mess. His father’s failure lands a big task on him as… Continue reading Character Goal Chart: Example Draco Malfoy