What Should I Write About?

A lot of people struggle with this. I have the drive to write, I've learned a bunch of writing techniques, I've made room in my schedule...But what should I write about? Getting a story idea is kind of important for writing a story, so I'm here to give you 5 tips for coming up with... Continue Reading →

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4 Tips For Writing About Mental Health

Hey, everybody! Mental health issues impact a lot of people, and it’s important to represent them accurately in fiction. Here are some tips to help you write about mental health—let’s get started! Motivation What’s your motivation for writing about mental health issues? Is it to eliminate stigmas? Provide clarity? Be realistic to your characters and... Continue Reading →

5 Tips For Writing the Past

Last week I talked about the future, so I figured that it's only natural to talk about the past this week. These are my five most important tips for writing the past, so let's get started! #1: Do Make The Speech Robotic I notice this a lot in historical fiction, and it really takes away from... Continue Reading →

5 Tips For Writing the Future

Writing stories set in the future can be complicated, and you have to make sure you've done enough world-building. My novel, Outliers, (to be published this summer) is set a couple hundred years in the future, and a lot of the books I read are set in the near or distant future, so I was especially... Continue Reading →

Setting the Scene

Setting the scene is something many writers struggle with. Alas, it must be done. Characters can't just be running around in white space, right? Here are some tips to help you conquer scene-setting. Why Set the Scene? In order for readers to visualize your story, your characters need to clearly be somewhere. Your readers need to be... Continue Reading →

Beta Testing Your Novel

I've recently finished finished my revisions after beta-testing my novel, Outliers, so I thought it would be a good time to share my process and some tips for beta-testing your own novel. Beta-testing has helped me a great deal with improving my novel, and I'm excited to say that I'm starting with professional editing at the... Continue Reading →

10 Common Cliches In Fiction

What is a cliché, anyway? When it comes to fiction, a cliché is something overused and betraying lack of originality, typically in the form of phrases, characterizations, and plot-points. These are ten common clichés I've noticed in fiction as a whole, but it's worth noting that Young Adult fiction tends to be especially guilty of... Continue Reading →

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