How Not to Suck at Everyday Life, Writing

Don’t be a Reddit writer.

I hate everyone on the internet.1

I was recently told to create for myself a presence on Medium, so I spent today doing that. And it made me egregiously sad.
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The Well, Writing

The Best Books on Writing

Are there any books regarding creative writing or the writing process that you personally recommend, and if so, why?

— Galen

To be honest, I don’t read a ton of books on craft. I go back and forth between thinking they’re a waste of time that I could be using to write and thinking that I already know most of what’s going to be in there. I have run across a few books that I’ve enjoyed and/or found helpful, so I’ll share those, plus a list of books I’d recommend in addition to process books. Continue reading “The Best Books on Writing”

Writing

You’re Saying More Than You Think You Are

This is not about body language.

It has nothing to do with tone of voice or eye contact or facial expressions.

This is about the unconscious linguistic associations that people will make while reading your writing, and why ignoring things like etymology and prosody makes you a really bad writer.

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Characters, Writing

Writers Weekend: Swipe Right

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Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Every other week I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.
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How Not to Suck at Everyday Life

Are You a Hassle or an Asset?

A friend and I were browsing Barnes and Noble the other day in an attempt to kill time, and we stumbled across the section labeled “Self-Help: 20-somethings.” Now, of course being twenty-somethings with larger than average egos, we were intrigued. And a little bit disgusted. In short, the perfect mix of things to be in order to pick up and flip through every book with an interesting or cringe-worthy title. Continue reading “Are You a Hassle or an Asset?”

Movie Reviews, Reviews

Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I am just full of unpopular opinions today. I need to get off of Reddit before I completely lose faith in the human race. Anyway.

I saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the other day, and I absolutely hated it. This is going to be more rant than review, and it’s going to be chock full of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet and are planning to, run. Run far, run fast, run like Chris Pratt being chased by lava and dinosaurs. Continue reading “Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

World Building, Writing

Writers Weekend: Religion

Writers Weekend Banner

Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Every other week I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.
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Writing

5 Things to Blog About When You’re Not Feeling It

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As I sat and pondered and wondered and stressed about what I should blog about—because it’s been weeks since I actually had a blog post that wasn’t part of Writers Weekend—I was coming up with nothing but frustration. I reached out to friends, I asked on social media, I went through my ever changing list of things that I want to write about someday, and still nothing. So, like a runner with a broken toe, I decided to write through the pain. Make it work for me. Take that, writer’s block. Continue reading “5 Things to Blog About When You’re Not Feeling It”