Tag: book

Books Read in 2019 and the “Best of” Winners

Check out the books I’ve read this year and the “best of’s” in several categories. It’s time to recap reading in 2019!

6 Methods of Self Care for Writers

Take Time Off Main Projects If there’s anything that can help a writer, it’s taking a break from your WIP. You may want to wait until you finish a first or second draft to do this. Another great time to pause your writing is…

Sex In YA Fantasy Part Two: How Fantasy Can Change Young Adults

Before reading this, check out Part One of this blog series. “When I started working as a child abuse and neglect family therapist…one quick conclusion I came to was that until we are willing and able to talk openly about sex in this culture—healthy…

Sex In Young Adult Fantasy (Part 1)

An Overview Oh boy. This is a tricky topic for so many people. Should writers put sex in their books? How should it be portrayed? Are the relationships healthy? Is the sex safe? Is it consensual? Instead of just writing off the conversation as…

YA Fantasy Title Generator

I’ve been noticing a trend with YA books. Especially Fantasy YA books. Titles commonly consist of this formula: “NOUN Of NOUN And NOUN.” Examples: Court Of Thorns And Roses, Children Of Blood And Bone, House Of Salt And Sorrows — the list goes on….

Fiction Friday #3: Write the Prompt With Me!

The Prompt This week’s writing prompt is brought to you by Prompturarium.wordpress.com. They have a lot of great writing prompt ideas on their site that you should definitely check out if you’re interested. I tweaked this one a little (changed 23 years to 10…

Writing Tips: Why You Should Write Down Your Dreams

After a night of crazy dreams, I wrote them in my journal and thought, Wow, this would be a really great story. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this thought, and it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve used my dreams and nightmares…

Writing Tips: 5 Tips For Writing a First Draft

1. Keep Moving Forward (Don’t Edit Prematurely) The number one reason I hear when people talk about why they can’t write is, “I just can’t finish because I keep going back to edit what I’ve written.” Editing your book before finishing a full draft…

Do You Have the Right to Follow Your Dreams: Contemplating You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

I recently finished the book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness by Jen Sincero, in which she motivates people to overcome the mindset of “can’t” to manifest the greatness of “I did.” As someone who desperately has been trying to…

10 Reasons You Need to Read Young Adult Fiction NOW (Even If You’re an Adult)

As someone who both loves to write and read YA literature, I thought it might be fun to explain the reason why as adult I still love the genre. There may be a lot more reasons to check out the section than you originally…