I got my favorite journal in Venice when I was seventeen. Had we known that the pretty, Italian leather journals and customizable wax stamps were a staple in all the large Italian cities (an obvious tourist trap), maybe we wouldn’t have stopped in that Venetian shop. But it was our family’s first time abroad, and … Continue reading A Writer’s Journals
Ten easy, budget-friendly ways to unwind before, after, and during writing.
Back in 2014, I had the chance to attend Leaky Con in Orlando. It was an all-around great time, but the absolute highlight was a panel called “I Was A Teenage Writer.” One of my Leaky Con 2014 treasures. From what I understand, “I Was A Teenage Writer” is a recurring event in these conventions. … Continue reading Loving-Kindness and Writing Teenage Characters
It’s around sundown on the afternoon of October 28, 2013, when my uncle breaks the long silence to ask if I’m ok. That’s one of the things I like most about him: he can be as melodramatic as a sixteen-year-old girl. I try to laugh it off--I’m fine. I’m not a little girl anymore. It’s … Continue reading The Jonas Brothers Breakup My Life Needed
I’ve been thinking a lot about beginnings lately. What makes a “good” beginning? What makes an effective beginning? As I start to think about where I might begin my own novel, I’m driven to remember some of my favorite literary beginnings. So, in this post, I will break down three of my favorite opening scenes … Continue reading 3 Beginnings