My Top 9 Favorite Banned Books

This week was the American Library Association’s (ALA) yearly Banned Books week (Sep. 24-30), meant to encourage intellectual freedom. Throughout history, certain books have been banned for various reasons—some understandable and some really stupid. However, some of these books are so great I cannot imagine why anyone would ban them. And yet it happens. So, … Continue reading My Top 9 Favorite Banned Books

Clothing Your Characters

In any story, characters are probably the most important aspect. But just how important are the clothes they wear? The answer is simple: extremely important. Most authors don’t realize just how important fashion is in fiction. So today, I’m going to be talking about just that: character fashion, its importance in stories, and some tips … Continue reading Clothing Your Characters

Top 9 Incredible Children’s Book Series

It is so important to give kids a love of books from a young age, indoctrinating them into the cult of literature. But personally, I have always thought the children’s books should serve multiple purposes. Of course they should be fun. However, children’s books, in my opinion, should also have a level of informative value … Continue reading Top 9 Incredible Children’s Book Series

The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story

There are three things that draw the attention of potential readers to a book in a bookstore. Cover, author, and title. Covers must appear attractive, eye-catching. Familiarity with authors’ names can prompt purchases. But titles are important for many reasons. A good title must both draw the reader in and be something familiar. Often from … Continue reading The Perfect Title: Tips to Picking a Great Title for Your Story

15 Tips to be a Better Writer

Read books that challenge you Whether it challenges your beliefs (opening your mind to new cultures, places, and people) or your vocabulary, reading books that you wouldn’t usually read is a great way of deepening your own writing. Write every day This is a tip you hear a lot, but I’ll expand it a bit. … Continue reading 15 Tips to be a Better Writer

Unique Places to Set a Horror Story

If you’ve read and watched as many horror stories as I have, you’ll know that creators love to set their plots around really creepy places, like haunted houses and asylums. But let’s face it: the same old setting can get a wee bit repetitive because few authors seem to find new, unique settings. So today … Continue reading Unique Places to Set a Horror Story