“When I was ten years old, I wrote a letter to my future self and buried it in my backyard. Seventeen years later, I remembered that I was supposed to dig it up two years earlier. “I looked forward to getting a nostalgic glimpse into my childhood–perhaps I would marvel at my own innocence or… Continue reading Should You Read Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh?
Should You Read 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke?
“The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended. Here on the Equator, in the continent which would one day be known as Africa, the battle for existence had reached a new climax of ferocity, and the victor was not yet in sight. In… Continue reading Should You Read 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke?
How to Create a New Character Sketch Template for Scrivener
The default character sketch template in Scrivener for Windows works well enough if you want to track a few key details about the characters in your novel. It can also be edited to add more information or take it away. But have you ever wanted to just start from scratch and create a brand-new template… Continue reading How to Create a New Character Sketch Template for Scrivener
Should You Read How to Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann?
How to Be Eaten tells the stories of a variety of fairytale characters from their perspectives, modernized and with some twists. Each one of them is suffering from the trauma of what they’ve experienced as well as from the unwanted media attention. One thing all these women have in common is that their stories are being told for them–and they’re being told very badly.
Should You Read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams?
“This time there would be no witnesses. “This time there was just the dead earth, a rumble of thunder, and the onset of that interminable light drizzle from the northeast by which so many of the world’s most momentous events seem to be accompanied.” – Opening of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Dirk Gently’s Holistic… Continue reading Should You Read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams?
Character Sheet Template for Fiction Writing
Character sheets can be a great way of brainstorming and organizing information about characters. Especially in a book or book series in which there are many characters or certain characters that appear infrequently, it can be an extremely helpful reference for maintaining continuity. In this post, I’m going to lay out some tips for designing… Continue reading Character Sheet Template for Fiction Writing
Should You Read The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer?
“On a warm night in early July of that long-evaporated year, The Interestings gathered for the very first time. They were only fifteen, sixteen, and they began to call themselves the name with tentative irony.” – Opening of The Interestings The Interestings is a literary fiction novel that follows a small cast of characters who… Continue reading Should You Read The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer?
Creating a Custom Dictionary for Microsoft Word
As a sci-fi and fantasy writer, I do a lot of world building. I create new words for fictional creatures, places, and concepts. I keep track of them to ensure I’m using them consistently. And I appreciate when the software I’m writing in can help with that, at least in terms of spelling. You probably… Continue reading Creating a Custom Dictionary for Microsoft Word
How to Get Super Critter on Critique Circle
If you’ve spent time on Critique Circle, you’ve probably seen authors or critiquers with a star symbol next to their usernames. If you hover over it, you see that these people are Super Critters, but what exactly does that accomplishment mean? What does it take to be awarded it? Well, a large part of the… Continue reading How to Get Super Critter on Critique Circle
One of My Hobbies
One of the things I like to do when taking a break is play video games. I tend to pick one I like and get really invested in it, playing for hours and hours and exploring all it has to offer. It can be really relaxing, a great way to recharge after a stressful day… Continue reading One of My Hobbies