It’s a well-known fact that making a snack to fuel your writing counts as writing.
Writers are often strange, reclusive creatures, but our food and drink fixations reveal something charming about us. They can throw off a reader’s general perception of who we are and make us appear more relatable and approachable.
While I prefer to write more thoughtful, serious blog posts, I wanted to craft a fun one about authors and the foods and beverages they consume while writing.
To accomplish this, I reached out to fellow Goodreads authors — household names and independent writers alike — to share…
I’ve collected quotes ever since I can remember. It is an excellent habit; everyone should do it.
As a teenager, I compiled my quotes in sketch notebooks. When I found a quote I liked, I would devote an entire page to its inscription, often performed with a calligraphy dip pen in my most “artistic-looking” handwriting. Sadly, the passage of time and dozens of housing moves caused these notebooks to vanish. Some quotes I can still recite from memory; most have been forgotten.
For the past ten years, I have dedicated myself to the task of gathering quotes that accurately explain…
Like some dreadful Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole, you can delve so deep into the “literature vs popular fiction” debate that you disappear entirely, only to reemerge as bemused as you were before. I shall by no means attempt to rehash the old argument; rather, this blog post attempts to point out the subject that is truly missing from it.
For those of you who have never explored this topic, it’s a core question for literary enthusiasts. Literary critics and academics classify works of fiction into two distinct camps: it’s either literary fiction or popular fiction — it can’t be…
One way to establish credibility as an author is to submit your book for editorial review.
An editorial book review is an unbiased, reader-focused review of your published or soon-to-be published book, often used on marketing material like book covers, posters, and on the “editorial reviews” section on their Amazon sales page. Editorial reviews usually come from recognized review sites, fellow authors, or experts in the author’s field.
If your book is any good and you’re confident in your work, you can hope to receive positive four and five-star reviews from said reviewers.
Everyone can agree that producing a lot of material in a short amount of time does not guarantee success.
So why do writers and bloggers continually inundate the internet with articles and blog posts titled, “Write 100 Blog Posts.” Or, “Write An 80,000 Word Novel in Three Months.” “Write A Novel in a Month!” “6 Ways to Outline Your Novel Faster.” Mind you, these articles are not aimed at seasoned writers who are already established in their craft and have a writing schedule they’re comfortable with. They’re aimed at young, impressionable writers who desperately long to get their writing career…
What I hated learning most during my journey as an independent author. And it had nothing to do with writing.
Find a day job you can tolerate. Or grow to appreciate. Possibly even love.
That’s the lesson?
That’s not what I want to hear!
At this point, many writers will click out of this post, and I understand why. But I encourage you to read on. By far, it has been the most painful yet practical lesson of my life over the last ten years. The most tragic part of all is that it…
If you were born to write and you know it, you don’t need anyone’s permission to claim the title.
You are a writer because it is, and has always been, a part of the fiber of your being. You came up with stories in your head ever since you were a child. Your imagination transformed toys into heroes and villains, common household locations became extravagant settings, and bath time always featured vast aquatic landscapes. You pretended you were a newspaper journalist and documented the goings-on of your neighborhood, your friends, or what the weekly trip to the grocery store had…