Breaking Down Show, Don’t Tell

Show, don’t tell is a considered a tenet of good writing, but what does it mean exactly? Robert McKee’s Story has a chapter on exposition that breaks it down nicely. One thing (there are many) I appreciate about McKee’s book is the respect he gives the audience (or reader). He writes how audience members gainContinue reading “Breaking Down Show, Don’t Tell”

How Not to Write a Book

Recently I’ve been dipping my reading time and my pen into the Young Adult genre. It’s through my obsessive viewing of booktube that I’ve been exposed to some very creative stories in the fantasy and science fiction genre. Along with that, I’ve been abusing my Amazon prime membership by purchasing many of these books thatContinue reading “How Not to Write a Book”

Good Writing Days

I think it was Stephen King in his great book “On Writing” who stated something to the effect that if you show up at the same spot and time everyday, the muse will do the same. Okay, I found the quote. It’s much more articulate than my paraphrase (go figure): “Don’t wait for the muse.Continue reading “Good Writing Days”

Getting Featured on Wattpad

I joined Wattpad in August kind of as a fluke. A Netflix show I really liked got canceled (Gypsy with Naomi Watts) and when I was google searching why, I found a Reddit thread where someone had posted a fan fiction story about what happens to Watts’ character and her lesbian lover after the showContinue reading “Getting Featured on Wattpad”

Fostering Creativity – Part 7

Eliminate Distractions Multitasking may seem like a necessity in today’s world, but it’s a killer for creativity.  I saw an interview with Patti Smith recently where she said that during her sojourn in Michigan she would use the early morning hours before her kids woke up for writing and studying. I’m an early riser too,Continue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 7”

On Writing

Go where the pain is This is a quote from Anne Rice who was told this by a teacher of hers and she found it useful and passed it on. A few days into my second nanowrimo writing marathon (while continuing to update a Wattpad story) I can relate to it. I described my takeContinue reading “On Writing”

Fostering Creativity – Part 5

Finding Your Own Voice I wrote a previous blog post (a bit tongue in cheek) a while back about my writing gurus. Since then, I read one of Derek Murphy’s books, the YA paranormal romance Shearwater. I left a pretty harsh review that may have inspired the author to record this video.   I haveContinue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 5”