Tag: Writing

Why You Should (Always) Read Middle Grade and YA Books

Hey guys, it’s been a while. But I’ve been doing a lot of reading. A lot of YA and Middle Grade reading. And I’ve been thinking about why I believe it’s so valuable to read these genres as an adult. It may seem strange…

Fiction Friday #8: Write the Prompt with Me!

Do you like writing prompts? Write for 30 minutes with me today. This week’s prompt is Sci-Fi, so let’s go into it!

Beautiful Creatures Is a Wannabe “I’m Not Like Other Girls” Mess

This has been on my shelf for so long, and now that I’ve finally read it, I’m wondering is it even relevant anymore? Let’s talk about it.

Response To: “The Decade in Young Adult Fiction” by Slate

Is YA Fiction Eating Itself Alive? As someone who grew up as a teenager during the last decade, the state of YA Fiction is something near and dear to my heart. But I’m also a writer, and a writer of YA Fiction, so I…

Fiction Friday #7: Write the Prompt with Me!

In this prompt, a girl starts to realize her childhood monsters are actually trying to protect her.

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…

5 Tips for Beginner Freelance Writers

So in my quest for finding work in LA, I began to look into freelance writing and ghostwriting. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and though I love fiction writing, any writing feels “right” to me. Like many accountants love balancing checkbooks,…

Fiction Friday #6: Write the Prompt with Me!

Happy Fiction Friday everyone! Can you believe it’s already #6? If any of you has great prompts you think I should write, be sure to leave them in the comments section. I’d love to know what you all are writing out there too! Whether…

Blood Fae

Blood Fae Blood Fae — Read on darkleigh.com/2019/11/06/blood-fae/ Hey everyone, I recently had a fantasy short story published on darkleigh.com. If you like fantasy, fae people, and murder mysteries, you should definitely check it out. Thanks!

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…