For the first time EVER I'll be participating in a Twitter pitch contest. I'm both nervous and excited. For those who don't know, a Twitter pitch contest is basically an opportunity for unagented writers to potentially find a literary agent or an editor who will be interested in their finished (and polished) unpublished manuscript. The… Continue reading Pitch Contests
It’s day five of #NaNoWriMo ! I’m guessing some of you are already feeling the pressure to keep your word count growing. Although I am participating in Nanowrimo this year, I’m taking it easy this time around and not aiming for 50K. I am, however, writing every day of November and keeping a word count. … Continue reading Writing Motivation
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
Synopsis: A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable… Continue reading Book Review Marilla of Green Gables
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 (Part Two)
Synopsis: Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her future. In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcón stands over an open grave. Alone, she buries her mother—the only family she has ever… Continue reading 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
It's back to school season, and every year I feel the blues of not being a student anymore. I'm one of those people who, if given the opportunity, would be a student for life. I think that's part of the reason why I love working with students so much. For those of you who don't… Continue reading Get Your Writing On!
Today is #nationalbookloversday and I felt the urge to write a blog in honor of such a beautiful celebration. There are uncountable reasons why we #bibliophiles love books so much. And here are five of mine: 1). Books are the best teachers. Through books, I’ve learned about subjects I would’ve never learned otherwise (mostly science… Continue reading Happy National Book Lovers Day!
I've come to the conclusion, in the last couple of months, that writing a book with 100% seriousness and dedication is one of the hardest professional challenges a person can face. At least it has been for me. Not even graduate school was this hard (or maybe I'm forgetting my #gradschoolproblems). Anyway, I think part… Continue reading Writing is Hard