Writing Journal Update 3

College Updates: This week, I am working on a journal entry for my positive psychology class concerning wisdom. It's been very eye-opening. I've had to interview three older people about what wisdom is, and then give my own thoughts on wisdom. On that note, my two psychology classes will be ending next week, and I'm excited to start my third course for the summer: biological psychology. It's nice to be returning to my roots in biology, as it used to be my first love, not writ

Story Engine Review

First of all, a disclaimer: I am not receiving any form of compensation for this review. It is purely opinion. This review comes from a very pleased writer who spent a month struggling to start her new novel. Today, I’d like to introduce you to an excellent resource for writer’s block: Story Engine. Story Engine is a set of cards that you can organize several different ways to create the basis for your story. There are three expansion decks for Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fi

How to Write a Short Story in a Week

A lot has happened in the past few weeks: tornadoes, thunderstorms, trees falling in my backyard, roof repairs, the end of the semester. So while I search for a distraction, I remembered that I promised an article on how to write a short story a week, and I’m hoping this helps one or two of you. This article will include my step-by-step process as well as six tips on how. You don’t even have to necessarily finish your process in a week. In fact, it’s really better if you trea

Coronavirus & Writer's Block

So this was not what I planned to write this week, but I feel the more resources we have for writing in this time, the better. If you’re like me, you may find yourself stunted when you’re forced to stay inside all day. If you’re living in a rainy area like me, that stunted feeling might be coupled with a real bout of depression. That depression can worsen when you realize that there’s no one you can see in person right now and nowhere fun you can go to with so many businesses

Scribbler Review

So first off, a disclaimer: I am not being paid or compensated in any way to write this review. It’s just purely for fun. Now that we’ve got that out of the way… Scribbler is a subscription box by authors and for writers. Each month, you get “curated writing gifts,” an autographed novel, a teaching booklet from a bestselling author, an inside look into the publishing process, and a live chat with an editor or literary agent. I signed up mostly out of curiosity (partially beca

3 Ways to Create the Perfect Writing Space

So you think you’re ready to write. You’ve got your pen and paper or laptop handy, and you’re about to write the future bestselling mystery or fantasy or literary novel. The pen touches the paper or your fingers graze the keys. Something doesn’t feel right, though. There’s a noisy neighbor yelling in the apartment over, or the sounds of the Starbucks weren’t quite as pleasant as you’d hoped. Your desk is piled high with papers you should’ve sorted through weeks ago, or maybe

10 Tips for Surviving Writing Workshops

So it’s workshop day. You’re sitting in a room with a few other people who have read your work. You have their works buzzing around in your head. You have feedback prepped, but that’s not what you’re thinking about. You’re waiting for it to be your turn. You’ll read a small bit of your work out loud and then brace yourself for the comments. Maybe you’ve taken yourself a little too seriously, and you’re ready to shut down what others think. Maybe you’re a little shy of your wo