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I Missed Writing

I have completely neglected this blog, and I've felt so guilty about it. Last year I started blogging as a way to cope with writing my first novel, to keep track of my progress, and to share my experience with other writers who were also on their writing journey. This year has been so overwhelming,… Continue reading I Missed Writing

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Writing in the Time of COVID-19

How many of you have been writing more during this quarantine? To be honest, I haven't been writing as much as I've wanted to. I did at the beginning, but a few weeks ago I sort of lost the motivation to write. Also, due to an increase in online learning, I’ve been pretty busy with… Continue reading Writing in the Time of COVID-19

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Book Review

Synopsis: The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction? Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a… Continue reading Book Review

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2020 Writing Update

Hello, my friends! I know it’s been a while, but if I’m being honest, blogging about my writing journey has been challenging these past few months. Those of you who've been following along for the past year know that I’ve been in the query trenches since December. Unfortunately, every single response has been a rejection.… Continue reading 2020 Writing Update

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Happy First Day of NaNoWriMo

It's the first day of #nanowrimo ! Who’s excited? I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year. I managed to write 54K in 26 days and sort of gave myself a break for the remainder of the month since I had already surpassed my 50K goal. I decided to participate again this year,… Continue reading Happy First Day of NaNoWriMo

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“Showing” Tips for Writers

Oftentimes we use certain words that tell an emotion rather than show our readers what that emotion feels like to the character going through it. Some of those "emotion telling" words are: SadScaredFrustratedExcitedHappyGiddyAnxiousJoyous These words tell the reader how characters are feeling, but they do little to show the actual reactions and emotions of the… Continue reading “Showing” Tips for Writers

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“Showing” Tips for Writers

As writers, we hope to portray our characters as real people in the eyes of our readers. “Showing versus telling” is such a crucial aspect of writing, especially when writing critical scenes or dialogues. And in order for us to get it right, we need to understand the actions and reactions of our characters, whether… Continue reading “Showing” Tips for Writers

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How Fires End Book Review

Synopsis A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. After soldiers vacate the Sicilian hillside town of Melilli in the summer of 1943, the locals celebrate, giving thanks to their patron saint, Sebastian.… Continue reading How Fires End Book Review

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Sudden Traveler Book Review

Synopsis: "Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism, and existential quest, the stories in Sarah Hall's third collection travel far afield in location and ambition--from Turkish forest and coastline to the rain-drenched villages of Cumbria. The characters in Sudden Traveler walk, drive, dream, and fly, trying to reconcile themselves with their journeys through life, death, and love.… Continue reading Sudden Traveler Book Review

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A Little Motivation

I needed a little bit lot of motivation to get me through my writing session this morning, so I looked up some quotes to get me going. Here are the ones that spoke to me the most, and I hope they can help you as well in case you’re feeling stuck like I was. "A… Continue reading A Little Motivation