Autumn is my favorite season. The cool off of temperature and the warmth of trees and fallen leaves makes me happy. I enjoy the transition of short sleeve to long sleeve, tank top to sweater. The shifting seasons will aways act as inspiration for a writer’s work. The idea of leaves falling to the ground have spawned endless metaphors and symbols within the written word. … Continue reading Tips For Describing The Season Of Autumn
The first line of a poem or story is important. It is the hook, essentially. The first line greets the reader, something like a warm invitation. It sparks questions from the reader’s mind, amusement, and wonder of what will continue. The first line, much like the title, is a hint and opportunity to keep your audience wanting more. It is your one chance to keep … Continue reading 50+ First Lines To Begin Your Story
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?
If someone took a step inside your home, front porch to foyer, what would a visitor see? What colors would be noticed first and what is the primary interior style? What is the most significant part of your house that makes it home? Without knowing who you are, a lot can be assumed by one’s interior design style. It is a form of judgement that … Continue reading *Knock, Knock* Metaphors Begin Inside A Character’s Home
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
There are many writing magazines a literature enthusiast can subscribe to. One type of writing magazine I enjoy is The Writer’s Chronicle, a publication packed with publishing opportunities, interviews, tips, discussions, ideas, and more. I managed to get my hands on ten copies of The Writer’s Chronicle which gave me a taste of the amazing content this magazine offers. I read each one and below … Continue reading The Best Articles & Takeaways From The Writer’s Chronicle Magazine
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
Songs are known for hiding meaning within lyrics. Meaning can be interpreted through word-play, emotion, descriptive language, metaphors, similes, and more. But music can also feature something extra, becoming a resource for writers when it comes time to name book characters. Think about the types of music you have been listening to recently. Some songs are named after a person or, if you listen closely, … Continue reading Use Songs To Help Name Book Characters
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