What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Your Work in Progress

Let's be honest, we can't all be William Faulkner, or any other writer who writes classic novels within just a few weeks (possibly) or months. Sometimes creating a cohesive, well-written body of work takes years, even decades. It's a huge undertaking, and it requires a lot of time, effort, writing techniques you've learned and practiced, … Continue reading What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Your Work in Progress

How the YA Audience Expanded Beyond Teenagers

Young Adult as a writing genre is still a fairly new idea in the literary world. One of the first major novels considered "YA" was most likely S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, mainly because teenagers were the targeted audience, as well as what the story was about. Since then, YA has grown into probably one … Continue reading How the YA Audience Expanded Beyond Teenagers

You Should Know About This: Writing Blogs (YA Edition)

Photo by Kei Scampa on Pexels.com Young Adult (YA) literature has definitely become a booming industry. And with all the YA books coming out, I've seen a lot of blogs dedicated to reviewing these books, navigating the genre and its tropes, or writing YA in general. And in the spirit of this series where I … Continue reading You Should Know About This: Writing Blogs (YA Edition)

You Should Know About This: Small Presses (Sci-fi/Fantasy Edition)

Photo by Guillaume Meurice on Pexels.com You can't talk about small presses without bringing the genre portion into the conversation, particularly science fiction and fantasy. These two genres come with mountains of opportunities in the publishing world because it's not just the "small presses" that you'll come across. There are many large and reputable sci-fi … Continue reading You Should Know About This: Small Presses (Sci-fi/Fantasy Edition)

You Should Know About This: Small Presses (Part 2)

Photo by Emily on Pexels.com I first touched on a few well known small presses to let everyone get a feel for what small presses look like and what to expect when researching them. I'd like to continue this series on small presses with another series of presses you can submit to. Here are a … Continue reading You Should Know About This: Small Presses (Part 2)

Notable Mathematical Fiction Books (and Other Recommendations)

Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Pexels.com Like I was saying a couple weeks ago, mathematical fiction is both weird and, in some cases, unexplored. But that doesn't mean that the genre hasn't been tapped into. Some books may have mathematical influences that aren't at the forefront, but they could still be called mathematical fiction. Others … Continue reading Notable Mathematical Fiction Books (and Other Recommendations)

What to Read if You’re Interested in Anglo-Saxon Literature

I've been interested in Anglo Saxon culture and society for a couple years now, ever since I decided to do my senior thesis on Beowulf. There's just something about reading literature from a different period in history and learning about how the people group formed and created their society, and the major events and battles … Continue reading What to Read if You’re Interested in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Here’s Why These Factors Make Good Fiction Writing

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com While in college, I took a creative writing minor that required me to workshop my work a lot. I'm grateful the experience, even if it was nerve-wracking at first to showcase my work. But throughout all of my classes, we would often talk about what makes writing good. If you've … Continue reading Here’s Why These Factors Make Good Fiction Writing

Why Great Books Are Rejected

Rejections Aren't Reflections Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Life, especially a writer's life, is filled with rejection. If you're not reading the tons of blog posts talking about facing rejection as a writer and how to deal with it, you're probably reading the posts that talk about writers who faced the same rejection before succeeding. … Continue reading Why Great Books Are Rejected