Hype is a common concept to hear in relation to books coming soon. In fact, you can make the same argument I'm making today with movies and video games. For me, "hype" is eerily similar to advertising a product. It is how a company gets us, the reader, excited about a new book. They create … Continue reading Dangers of Hyping Books
I read books in two ways. The first is what I usually think of as thoughtful reading. Where you take your time, read a paragraph thoroughly, and then muse about what you just read. The second is what I usually refer to as 'skim' reading. The best way I can describe skim reading is that … Continue reading Is Skimming Really Reading?
We are four days into NaNoWriMo. Gosh, this month I seem to be so undisciplined when it comes to writing. I'll write a lot one day, and just skip writing the next day. I'm also not calculating how many words I should be writing each day. Math and me just do not care for each … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018: Day 4 Update
It seems like an eternity ago that I actually talked about writing, as opposed to reading. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t had an idea for a compelling topic, or simply because the more I learn about writing the more I realize how little I actually know. However, in the nearly two years I have been … Continue reading How Blogging Helped My Writing
I keep a little notebook on my bookshelf filled with cool quotes I run across within books I’m reading. Recently, I’ve been enjoying reading other blogger’s talk about their favorite quote/quotes, either from individual books or books in general. So I’m starting a new series on my blog, where I’ll be sharing with all you … Continue reading My Favorite Book Quotes #1
It’s a new year. And with every New Year comes the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions. I feel as if, at least in American society, there is almost this pressure that you have to make at least one resolution as the year begins. I grew up in a house where New Year Resolutions weren’t really a … Continue reading What’s the Point of New Year’s Resolutions?
Every experienced writer knows that taking criticism is a big part of being a professional writer. You need to have a strong backbone in order to learn and develop. In theory, I think every writer—whether you are just beginning to write your first book or have been writing for twenty years—would agree that we always … Continue reading Ode to a New Writer: Taking Criticism