The World Needs Stories: Why Stories Matter

Stories matter. Stories are as old as time. We’ve been telling stories before we knew how to write, and passed stories down through oral traditions. Telling stories is an innately human tradition, and there’s a reason why in all cultures all over the words humans tell each other stories. We tell stories all the time….

Inspired or Stealing: What’s the Difference

Let me tell you a story about a time I got inspired, but I didn’t steal due to that inspiration. I was watching a movie (2016 Sing Street) for my Studies in Young Adult Literature class. At the very end the young teenage couple are in a small boat running away from home together and…

Get Writing Done: Set Deadlines

Writer’s Digest, a popular American magazine that focuses on writers and writing advice, has a pdf article called “Why A Writer Without a Deadline is Looking for Trouble.” It’s a downloadable link that you can find at the end of this post. Every time I slow down with my writing, procrastinate more and more, start…

Intentions Don’t Write Books

One day during conversation, a woman, let’s call her Lacy, asked me how I went about self-publishing my debut novel The Other Side, as she wanted to publish her book. I told her the process I went through with self-publishing through KDP. After, I asked Lacy about her book that she wants to publish. Lacy…

The Truth About Procrastination

There are days when I can’t write. Nothing on the paper. Nothing on the computer. Blank space. What am I waiting for? What am I afraid of? What holds my fingers back from the keys and keeps my pen from the paper? Most people would probably say fear. Fear of failure. Fear that whatever I…

The Muse: Writing Life

I remember the first time I heard of a muse mentioned in relation to writing. I had no idea what this woman was talking about. A muse? A fantasy deity that inspires writing? And she only wrote when the muse visited her, and didn’t write unless she was inspired? What surprised me even more was…