5 Things to Avoid When Writing Teen Fiction

It’s unbelievable how often I encounter books written for teenagers where the author misses the mark about how a teen thinks or just rides off of teen clichés when crafting their stories. Don’t get me wrong, there is some good teen fiction out there, they just are hard to find, given how poorly many ofContinue reading “5 Things to Avoid When Writing Teen Fiction”

5 Tips to Get You through Your Manuscript’s 1st Draft

DO NOT edit as you go. This is perhaps the most time-consuming writing-preventer I’ve encountered when trying to write a manuscript. Rereading what you have written and making changes instead of writing the next part can be quite a hinderance to the progression of your story or novel, so please try to avoid editing untilContinue reading “5 Tips to Get You through Your Manuscript’s 1st Draft”

10 Story-Prompt Lines to Get You Started on Your Next Story

Sometimes I need a little push of inspiration before beginning or continuing any short story. Brainstorming a line or two that I want in the story sometimes does the trick. What line should the story begin with? What line should the story revolve around? Which sentence should complete the story or leave it on aContinue reading “10 Story-Prompt Lines to Get You Started on Your Next Story”

Book Review: How to Write Dark & Twisty Books to Showcase the Light by Mary Gray

“Just remember to have your inherently flawed heroes grow. Show us how, by the end, they ultimately climb out of their dark and troubled circumstances to find the greater light.” Page 20 Where has this book been all my life? I’ve always been a fan of gothic literature, but I never really contemplated why, exceptContinue reading “Book Review: How to Write Dark & Twisty Books to Showcase the Light by Mary Gray”

12 Ideas to Help You Get Over Your Writing Slump

If you are a mood-writer like me, then you may find it hard to find either the inspiration to write stories or the time to write. I know how annoying it can be to try and just sit there and wait for inspiration to come, so let’s brainstorm some ways that can help get thoseContinue reading “12 Ideas to Help You Get Over Your Writing Slump”

14 Fun Virtual Creative Writing Group Activities

Write a story collaboratively. I recently did this with my group for Halloween and it was a great success! One week before Halloween, we decided to write a ghost story collectively by opening a Google Doc and making a list of who would start the story, who would go second, third, etc. We each couldContinue reading “14 Fun Virtual Creative Writing Group Activities”

5 Reasons to Join a Creative Writing Group

If you’re a writer of fiction and poetry like me, you may be looking for ways to expand your writing community or help others showcase their own writing. Here I’ve listed some advantages I am inexplicably grateful for in my own creative writing group. 1. Give and receive feedback. Some writers (including myself) cringe whenContinue reading “5 Reasons to Join a Creative Writing Group”

Writing A Story: Inspiration

So, you’ve decided that you would like to write a story. Congratulations! But where do you start? Whether you have written no more than a sentence or an entire anthology, you have what it takes. Every member of the human race has a story inside of them. But whether or not you can discover it,Continue reading “Writing A Story: Inspiration”

Writing A Story: Crafting Your Characters

What kind of character appeals to you as a reader? For me, I am always am drawn to a protagonist with an amiable virtue that either matches my own or is one that I hope to aspire to. The same goes for the antagonist, as shocking as that may be. They too may have someContinue reading “Writing A Story: Crafting Your Characters”

Writing A Story: The Plot

There is obviously not just one way to write. The ideas I’ve posted below are individual ways to get you started developing your story’s plot. However, these ideas are also dependent on what exactly you would like to develop in your story–plot, characters, conflict, resolution, etc. So, try each one out and see which worksContinue reading “Writing A Story: The Plot”