Stars. Those things in the sky that twinkle. Big balls of gas burning millions of miles away. Sometimes they fall. Sometimes they cross. Other times they strike you, for some reason. And sometimes... lots of times... stars appear in book titles. All right, I'm being facetious, but it is true. Entrenched the the book industry … Continue reading Books With Stars in the Title: A Weirdly Specific Gift Guide
Plotters vs Pantsers: Which Are You?
If you've been around the writing community for a hot minute, you may have heard people compare plotters vs pantsers when they talk about writing stories. The terms themselves are pretty self-explanatory (and we'll get to them in a minute), but how do you know which one you are? And more importantly, in the battle … Continue reading Plotters vs Pantsers: Which Are You?
Short Story 101 When You Don’t Like Writing Short Stories
Listen, I'm gonna be honest here: this one wasn't that interesting to talk about. Sixteen is a collection of--you guessed it--sixteen short stories by young adult authors from the 80s. It had some good ones, it had some not-so-good ones. I enjoyed reading it but it also brought back a lot of... interesting memories about … Continue reading Short Story 101 When You Don’t Like Writing Short Stories
Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Why Plotting Stories is a Lie
"The plot is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules."
Table For One: Writing For Yourself
that moment when you realize that your ideal reader is actually you.