Confession time: I love writing dialogue. It's probably my favorite aspect of writing fiction and I live for dialogue that's well-written and rife with character development. But that doesn't mean writing dialogue isn't hard... it most certainly can be. Which is where this easy peasy dialogue tip comes in! https://youtu.be/ybYOj2xuL7A Honestly, I could do so … Continue reading An Easy Dialogue Tip For When You’re Stuck on a Scene
I know what you're thinking: "I've never heard of a Raj Shenazade, nor was I aware that he was worthy of a character study." Well, dear reader, just a short while ago, I was exactly like you. But no more. Just humor me for a moment, and all that is cloudy shall become clear. You … Continue reading Raj Shenazade: A Study in Character Development
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?
Looking to title your up-and-coming YA novel (especially if it's fantasy or science fiction)? Say no more! I have a foolproof formula for coming up with captivating, marketable, and *totally original* YA book titles. Behold, the definitive YA book title generator!!! Warning: snarkiness ahead. Title Your YA Novel in 3 Easy Steps So, I don't … Continue reading The Definitive YA Book Title Generator: Title Your YA Novel in 3 Easy Steps!
bring out the sparkly noise and five seconds of uninterrupted eye contact, it's time to write a romantic subplot!
i've been #blogging for a year, guys! wow, how'd that happen? here's the top 10 things i've learned in my first year!
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
Willoughby is the world's biggest idiot.
why is sherlock holmes still relevant today? it's elementary, my dear watson!
"The plot is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules."