Losing Confidence in Your Writing

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We all lose confidence in our writing as we work. It comes in every stage of the writing process, whether you just came up with an idea, you're halfway through your novel, or you're revising (where I'm at right now). But losing confidence in your writing isn't an excuse to give up, or a sign … Continue reading Losing Confidence in Your Writing

Interview with E. J. Robison

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Hello everyone! Here's another interview for the Foster Your Writing blog. This week's interview is with E. J. Robison, a freelancer, blog writer, and science fiction/fantasy author. Read more below! 1) What does writing mean to you? What do you think the purpose of writing is? Ah, starting off with the most difficult questions, I … Continue reading Interview with E. J. Robison

Creative Nonfiction Types and Writing Tips

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A few weeks I returned from school, having just learned more about creative nonfiction. At first, creative nonfiction seemed boring. I wanted to be creative! Additionally, what makes talking about my life or someone else's something creative? And what does creative nonfiction even mean? Creative nonfiction, in itself, makes up a lot of types of … Continue reading Creative Nonfiction Types and Writing Tips

How to Write A Prologue

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I'll start off by saying that I hate writing the beginning of a book. I can't stop myself from trying to include every detail I think is important or provide as much context as possible to make everything as straightforward as possible. (Clarity is not my strong suit, as Grammarly aptly reminds me even as … Continue reading How to Write A Prologue

How to Write Dual Timelines

Not all stories are told from just one point of view. There may be multiple characters, which shift in perspective, or multiple characters in different, distinguishable settings and circumstances. These stories have what's called dual timelines. Even though there is more than one perspective, these are not two different stories put together. They work together … Continue reading How to Write Dual Timelines

The Different Types of Fantasy

Want to read more fantasy or start writing fantasy, but you're not sure which direction to go? Because there's more than one type of fantasy! Fantasy encompasses a lot storytelling today, and after looking through all the different types, I realized just how much fantasy can branch into other genres and just how many different … Continue reading The Different Types of Fantasy

The Mathematics of a Strong Plot

Let's do something scary and think of a plot as a math problem. Don't run! I promise I'm just trying to make this easier to understand. Putting things into a different perspective, if you will. Because when you boil down a plot into its simplest components, it becomes almost like a simple one plus one … Continue reading The Mathematics of a Strong Plot

I Published a Chapbook!!!

I am super excited and pleased to announce that my chapbook Plato Is Better at Metaphor than I Am was published by Yavanika Press this past weekend! The work is a prose poetry chapbook of twenty poems. Here is a link to the download for the work. Enjoy! This work is also offered on my … Continue reading I Published a Chapbook!!!

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