A Reader’s Thoughts on a Writer’s Craft

To all my beautiful people:

Well, lovelies, I have been promising for a while now that I would do an interview with my sister–an avid reader–on what readers deem to be good writing. In other words, what makes a captivating story. While this interview will not be in-depth, I would consider doing a more in-depth article, should you readers show interest. Therefore, if you are interested in such, please post in the comments below and let us know.

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Top Five: Children’s Picture Books

To all my lovely people:

I felt like doing something very different today. Like my first Top Five list, this one will cover a group of five books that I love. However, this one will be on Children’s Picture Books. Why? I felt like doing something whimsical and happy. So I hope you enjoy this list.

Also, please read to the end for a contest update. And keep in mind that coming soon I’ll be doing an interview that will cover how to write well from the perspective of an avid reader. So follow the blog (if you haven’t) to keep an eye out for that!

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Writing 101: The Business Side of Writing and Editing

To all my lovely people:

Well, I talk often about the practical applications of growing your writing skills, but I don’t often talk about what it’s like to be a writer in the real world around us.

While some people are lucky enough to get published or be able to write what they love right off the bat, most people are not. This article will cover parts of my journey as a writer, as well as possible careers and opportunities for writers in the world around us.

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Living With A Writer: A Non-Author Interview

To all my beautiful people:

For a while now I’ve been promising you an interview with my sister concerning what it’s like to grow up living with a writer. While the interview didn’t turn out quite how I was expecting, I still found some amusing pieces to share with all of you. And this piece will be followed-up by another interview later in the month concerning what good writing/story is like from a reader’s POV and how you can create it. So look forward to that, lovelies.

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Palimpsest: The Beauty of Words

To all my beautiful people,

For a while now, I have been promising you that I would put out a piece concerning Catherynne Valente’s book, Palimpsest. Well, finally, here it is. However, this piece is doing double duty. Perhaps even triple duty. I decided that I would mesh the need for an essay and the need for this article together.

While this article will be a longer one, it is full of examples of truly beautiful prose, reasons why I love this book and writer, as well as practical examples of how to create lovely prose of your own (toward the end). So if you can stick this article through to the end, I believe it will be greatly helpful to you.

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Be A Superwoman

NOTE: Yes, I’m fully aware that this is Wonder Woman.

To all my beautiful people,

I went and watched the new Wonder Woman last night. While I don’t usually like superhero movies or many things from the DC universe, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with this movie. (Would definitely recommend that you see it if you haven’t. It has an excellent example of the development of a romance in it.)

That said, it produced some thoughts in me that I wanted to share with all of you. The importance of being a super woman (or man) even when you cannot be super (or Wonder Woman). It’s important that we digest several truths from Diana’s example and use them in our creation, and even in our day to day lives.

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Writing 101: Lies we Tell Ourselves

To all my beautiful people:

There is one thing I despise with all my being. And that is listening to other writers put themselves down, tell themselves they can’t do it, tell themselves they will never amount to anything. It puts me in a downright tizzy.

That said, this final article in a three part series is dedicated to exposing and contradicting some of those well known lies (and other lesser known ones sent to me by various readers.)

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Writing 101: Protecting Writers From Self-Harm

To all my beautiful people:

Something that I face on a daily basis when talking to writers, and even for myself sometimes, is the fact that all writers fall into self-harm. No, they may not always do it in the obvious ways that some people do such as cutting, burning, starving themselves, etc. However, I’ve never met a writer who did not.

You see, self-harm for writers comes in many different forms than what people think. And when it happens to writers, most people don’t notice. Sometimes, the writer themselves doesn’t even notice. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t do it and it doesn’t make how they feel and what they do any less valid.

This said, it is important to me to write this so that both writers and their families can recognize the types of self-harm that writers can/may fall prone to in their lives. Because if you can identify the problem, only then can it be dealt with.

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Writing 101: What To Do When People Don’t Like Your Writing

To all my beautiful people:

I promise that more of the promise interviews, as well as the article on Valente’s book, The Palimpsest, is coming. Soon. But for now my brain is taking a tangent. I was having a discussion with another author recently about words and the power of them. Through that conversation, I have come up with this three part series on how to deal with negativity towards ones creativity. This article will be followed up by articles on how writers can self-harm their creative side and about the lies that we tell ourselves as writers.

However, this article will be on the obvious. What to do when someone doesn’t like your writing. Or more aptly, how to move forward from negative feedback, especially when it’s someone you love or respect or a project that you adore.

Also, there’s a link at the bottom of this page by Penny Hancock, an author, called Thick Skin, Think Skin–A Writer needs both. I highly recommend that you read this article once you’ve finished this one.

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Summer Contest 2017

To all my beautiful people,

I’ve been talking about doing this for quite a while with some of you. Now, it’s actually happening. I’m hosting a contest through this blog, and inviting all of you to participate. If you continue to read below it will tell you more about the contest and regulations/rules. At the end will be listed prompts for the various categories.

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