Book Review – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (No Spoilers!)

I know Margaret Atwood to be one of the greats, and once started another of her books. It was strange, albeit well written, but as I usually do I got distracted and didn’t finish it. I’ve heard about The Handmaid’s Tale a lot lately, especially with the Hulu series now out. So, I downloaded the [...]

Where I Kick Ass and Where I Suck Ass in Writing

I've ventured back to Scribophile to get some of them sweet, sweet critiques. And boy, I got critiques. My first chapter of my novel went over so much better this time around (it's been rewritten) than the first eighteen trillion times I submitted it. Now that it's not just one big ocean of hatred (I [...]

Show and Tell in Writing

If you submit your creative writing for critiquing, you’ll quickly become familiar with the phrase, “Show, don’t tell.” According to the modern critiquer, “telling” is an unspeakably evil act in the realm of creative writing. You must never tell. Always show. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, showing is more interesting for [...]

To Infodump or not to Infodump

I worked on a neat little infographic for the better part of an hour, thinking I'd make this post pretty and succinct. Then I messed up the layout, got frustrated, and rolled with an entirely different blog post altogether. If you've been around the fiction-workshopping block a time or two million, you've heard of infodumping. [...]

Book Review – Vicious, by V.E. Schwab

Vicious is another book recommended to me by a friend. I’d never read anything by the author, V.E. Schwab, but the premise sounded good. I’ve always loved fictional moral ambiguity, and boy does this book have it. Premise The main character, Victor Vale, and his best school buddy, Eli (soon to be Eli Ever), give [...]

Figaro Up, Figaro Down

Heavy boots stamped the rain soaked sidewalk and Figaro dodged into an alley. Wet rats scattered from his path as he made his way, hands lodged deep in his jean pockets. His thumb moved back and forth across the cuts of his apartment key. That’s where he should have stayed tonight, he thought. In his [...]

8 Writing Habits of Amateurs

If I wanted to write this blog in the style of a shitty tenth grade academic essay, it might go a little something like this: The topic I am writing about is amateur writing habits. I think that you should state the purpose of your paper clearly from the beginning, or you will look unprofessional. [...]

Book Review – The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle isn't my usual book choice, but a friend described it to me, and I thought I'd give it a try. Especially since they're making a movie about it; see the trailer here! I downloaded the audiobook right away. WARNING: PUNY SPOILERS AHEAD Right away I was drawn to the foul-mouthed, comedic Annie. She's [...]

Handling a Bad Critique (Without Becoming Homicidal)

You've just written a bangin' chapter for your novel. You've looked over it for typos and grammatical errors. You even waited, sleeping on it before reading again in the morning. Everything seems to be in order, so you put yourself out there. And putting yourself out there feels a lot like walking naked into a [...]