A little while ago I talked about my favourite tropes in fiction, and now it's time to talk about my least favourites! These are tropes I personally dislike, though I won't say that any trope should be avoided no matter what--it really depends on how it's done. So, with that in mind, let's get started!... Continue Reading →
This week I’m re-sharing an older post of mine, because I’ve been asked about it quite a bit recently. Hope you all find this helpful!
It can be hard to be a writer in your teens, but you can’t let your age limit you. You will have some challenges most writers don’t have. You will also have some advantages, too. This is some advice based on the lessons I’ve learned as a teenaged writer.
Be Your Own Motivation
Not only as a teenaged writer, but as any writer, you’re going to have to learn to motivate yourself. You can’t count on friends and family to give you the motivation you need to write. For starters, writing is something you, and only you, can make yourself do. You have to write because even though it’s hard, you love it. Second, not everybody is going to be supportive or take your writing seriously. Some people will say you are wasting your time. Some people will consider it a ‘hobby’. You have to learn to ignore them and…
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There are some tropes I just never get tired of! This is a list of the five tropes in fiction that I personally love, so let's get started! #5: The Reluctant Hero/ Anti-Hero I like this one a lot, particularly because the characters often seem rounder. You don't get the pure, "good-two-shoes" stock hero with... Continue Reading →
These are some of the things that I've learned over the years, a lot of them things that I probably should have known, and that maybe you need to know, too. Some are more important than others, but they aren't in any particular order. Let's jump right in! #1: Don't Publish Right Away If you've... Continue Reading →
The title is one of the most crucial things to your book's success. It can draw readers in, or send them away, so it's important you choose it carefully. These are the things to keep in mind when deciding the title of your book--the things I most considered when choosing the title for my novel, Outliers.... Continue Reading →
All writers have experienced those moments of self-doubt, but there are things you can do to help yourself feel better about your writing. Here are my five tips for boosting confidence in your writing (and most skills). #1: Always Learn Learn everything you can about your craft, and never stop. No writer knows everything, no... Continue Reading →
I struggled for awhile, debating between U.S. and U.K. English. As a Canadian, I use a bit of both. I keep the u in words like colour, but I say "elevator", not "lift". These are the three things I took into consideration when deciding which English to use for Outliers (to be published this summer). #1: Target... Continue Reading →
Most writers have to balance writing time with a day-job, school, taking care of a family, etc.. It can feel like it's impossible to be a successful writer (whether you're a novelist, blogger, poet, or any other writer) while juggling other commitments. As hard as it is though, many people do it. Personally, I am... Continue Reading →
There are some types of writers that others just want to avoid at all costs. To help you make sure you aren't one of them, here's a list of 5 things you want to avoid doing as a writer. Let's get started! #1: Don't Stick Your Chest Out You don't want to put down other... Continue Reading →