• Lists
  • 5 Awesome Apps For Writers

    As a writer whose brain is constantly in motion, I consider mobile apps one of the greatest conveniences of our time. And even beyond that, I just love finding new tools to mess around with. It can make the most mundane parts of the plotting process seem interesting again!

    (If I’m being honest, I came across two particular apps recently that I found super useful, and I really wanted to tell someone about them. Two didn’t feel like enough of a reason to write a blog post, though, so I may have actually done a bit of digging to find the other three. But they’re still really neat!)

    It’s important to note that I’m excluding all actual writing and note taking apps – like Microsoft Word and WPS Office – from this list. Obviously any app that allows you to write is going to be super useful for a writer. The point of this was to introduce you to apps you may not know of, that may help you brainstorm, plot, and plan.

    So without further ado, here are five awesome apps for writers!

  • Ramblings
  • Some Helpful Tips to Improve Your Writing Skill

    Hoo boy, here we go! The ultimate question every writer gets: how do you get so good at writing, and how can I improve? In truth, the answer to this is very complex and a lot more than some random post on an amateur blog is truly capable of tackling. It’s also a lot more subjective than many seem to think. We don’t all learn and grow the same because if we did, we’d all write the same. However, there are some very general things every writer can agree helps to improve your craft. That’s why I’m here today; not to tell you, “This is how you get good,” but to say, “Try this, it might help!”

    And from there, I present to you my simplest tips to explore and improve your own writing ability.

  • Ramblings
  • My Progress in the Month of August

    (I completely forgot this is a thing I’m supposed to be doing. Whoops.)

    Just a heads up: my numbers for this month are going to be super different from the past couple months; I changed up my work habits a bit! Previously, I decided I would write at least 500 words a day, so I would write until I passed that and then stop. Recently, however, I started setting a timer for an hour each day, and working against the clock has helped me stay focused and write more. (This actually started because of a really cool app I discovered, which I’ll make a post about soon as a bonus for missing last month’s post.)

    Alrighty, now that that’s out of the way: the stats!

  • Ramblings
  • My Progress in the Month of July

    Usually, my post previews consist of the first couple paragraphs from the text, but literally the only thing in this post that shows up before I start listing my daily word count is the line:

    “As promised, here are the deets about my progress this past month.”

    So I’m literally just adding the rest of this text as padding because I’m stubborn and like my previews to look a certain way. Click “read more” if you want to… well, read more.

  • Ramblings
  • Is It Okay to Change a Character?

    Before you even say anything: I know the answer is “Yes.” I am the creator, my word is law; whatever I decide shall be, and that much is final.

    But what happens when you know there’s already several hundred people who consider themselves familiar with these characters, and think they know what to expect from you? What happens when the story everyone fell in love with—that some people consider to be one of their favorite books—changes so intensely that they may no longer be attached to it? What happens when Carter’s previous brooding and foreboding (but still somewhat lighthearted) nature turns to one of bitterness and self-loathing? Can I still expect people to connect with him, or does he once again become a distant voice-over telling Stella’s story? I don’t want him to take the backseat again, but I also don’t want to pretend he isn’t telling his story after the fact, after finishing the journal and after everything’s gone wrong.

  • Ramblings
  • The Importance of Diverse Reference Material

    Recently, I was talking to a fellow writer on Wattpad. I love getting to hear the opinions of people who write in different styles and genres than I do—and even those who share my niche—but sometimes you hear some crazy things.

    Like a horror writer who refuses to indulge in romance or “silly little” comedy.

    (For the record, this is not a “sub”—or whatever people call it—to anybody I know. The aforementioned writer and I were discussing the upcoming topic, and they brought up a friend of theirs as an example. This is who I’m referencing.)

    This seems to be a regular occurrence, unfortunately. I’ve talked with a whole ton of storytellers over the past several years—many of whom are trying to get into different fields than I—and often, when they work with one genre, they tend to snub others. However, this is a silly, silly thing to do, for one reason alone:

  • Ramblings
  • My Progress in the Month of June! (+Ayli Rants a Little)

    Alright, so a couple posts ago, I said I was going to try writing 500 words a day until I finished writing The Diary of a Suicide. So far, I’ve managed to (mostly) keep to that, and back when I first started, I decided it would be neat if I shared these numbers with all of you here. I’ve kept track of my daily word count, and honestly, I’m proud of myself. As I’ve been telling everyone I know: in just this first month alone, I’ve made more progress than I had the past year of trying to rewrite this book. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m finding it’s easier and easier for me to keep motivated.

    Anyway, now that introductions are out of the way, let’s see those numbers!

  • Quotes
  • Weekly Quote #31

    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Ramblings
  • What’s in a Name: Places

    As promised, here’s that educational post for you guys!

    If you remember, towards the beginning of this blog I made a post about naming characters. It’s taken almost a whole year, but I’ve finally written the second in (what was supposed to be) a series of name-related posts. This time, we’re discussing places—particularly towns and cities—which is both a simple and frustrating process. In the reality of the world, places can be named anything, but if the name you choose is deemed stupid, people will let you know. Of course, I don’t know any foolproof way to avoid choosing a silly name, I’m just here to give you something to think about and get the ball rolling.

    With that said, let’s start with something I see a lot of people doing, but feel I must warn you against: