William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Mary Shelley. These are just some of many classical writers who wrote some of the best and most iconic pieces of literature. Or is that what we are instructed to believe? To this day, they are celebrated, read for pleasure, and the source of classroom curriculum. English courses, from high school to college, never stray too … Continue reading Do English Students Have An Obligation To Enjoy All Classic Literature?
Using the weather, its elements, and conditions isn’t something new. Our beloved writers from the beginning of time have taken inspiration from cloudy skies, thunderstorms, and blizzards. Remember to get the weather in your damn book – weather is very important.” Ernest Hemingway Weather captures the environment and illustrates the mood and tone, relating to the scene and its emotions. Weather can be a form … Continue reading No Matter The Weather: Integrating Nature’s Forces Into Your Story
One of the creative writing prompts I remember completing in ninth grade was blackout poetry. You take a page from a book and use the words on the page to help form a poem. All the words not used are colored over by a marker. Any of the words can be used in any way. Many years later, I am still enthused by this tactic … Continue reading Blackout Poetry
One of my favorite shops to visit is the bookstore. It is super easy to get lost inside the scenery of shelves and words. It is nearly unbelievable how many different stories surround all at once. Recently, I went to my nearest Barnes & Noble in seek of new authors and stories. Thankfully, I had discovered just that, purchasing three new reads. View my bookstore … Continue reading My Barnes & Noble Book Haul
Before people apply for a job, they often think long and hard about how this job will impact them positively, what can be offered, and what will be learned. When considering job placement for your book characters, is the hiring process done hastily or skillfully? Pursuing a new job can be intimidating, but landing an interesting job can capture a lot of attention and wonder. … Continue reading Hire Your Character For These Job Positions Today
How can we write timeless stories? How can we create stories people want to read over and over again that never seem to go out of style? One of my favorite authors, Sarah Dessen, strives for timeless stories by excluding modern inventions and technological advances from storyline. Other than her most recent addition of text messaging, she hopes her stories will last forever, something that … Continue reading How Should Text Messages Be Written In Books?
Perspective is a bizarre thing. Its range and context shifts from one pair of eyes to the next. With eyes like cameras, we capture and digest the images that flash and dash in front of us. The balance of light and shadows develop in our mind and remain with us forever. It is a human process that goes beyond the angle in which we perceive … Continue reading How To Write From The Male Perspective
One of the perfect settings for a summer romance is the beach. The sand, ocean waves, and sunscreen scent is a landscape that marvels in the months of June, July, and August. A lot of possibility lives on the coast. It hides itself inside of curled seashells and dances in the jet stream wind of palms. Another perfect setting for a story might be in … Continue reading What Should The Setting Of Your Story Be?
Adjectives are words with attitude and personality. Adjectives offer insight into the scene that is expressed. Through the right selection of adjectives, something once fictional can seem very real, very logical, very true. A range of emotions can be produced through adjectives. As a writer or even a student, you may have been instructed into believing that the more adjectives inserted into writing, the better. … Continue reading The Best Adjectives To Use In Writing
Verbs help a story progress and enables the character to move from one scene to the next. Verbs enter all storylines, many of them developing into overused language. With a few verb updates and swaps, your writing can improve and supercharge with a shimmering energy. English and writing websites have posted the lists of the most overused verbs. I scrolled and clicked numerous lists to … Continue reading The Best Verbs To Use In Writing