When describing a character’s feelings, skillful writers do not just “tell” the reader how the character feels. They “show” by using imagery. Imagery is a language that paints vivid pictures for the reader. It often appeals to the Five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Sight: how does it look? Sound: What does the … Continue reading Show and Tell
Grief is an experience not many can understand or comprehend. It may be easy for some to overcome and for others the pain may feel unbearable. Over the past few weeks in dealing with it personally I've understood that. I know I have struggled with grief personally for years and recently with the loss of … Continue reading Finding Peace With Your Grief Through Your Writing
It’s nearing the end of the year and let’s just say I didn’t get anywhere near my reading goal. Now, I could blame it on the fact that I had school or that I had to work. I could blame it on not having anything to read even though we all know that isn’t true. … Continue reading New Year, New Reading Goals
So why do you read? In the world of novel readers, many people will tell you they read to expand their view of the world, to escape, or to connect. While I read for all reasons, there is something really special about reading and seeing myself represented, and I’m sure others will agree. There is … Continue reading Let’s talk John Green: A Look at Writing, Perspective, and Representation
Ah, kids. They say the craziest things. They also tell the most interesting, compelling stories that make absolutely no sense at all. Or at least, I did when I was a kid. I have a box in my basement that’s just full of weird stories I wrote when I was younger—a kingdom of cats … Continue reading Why You Should Look Back at the Stories You Wrote as a Kid
Despite the occasional vague pronoun reference or f-bomb, I've always fancied myself a relatively articulate and polite English speaker (growing up so close to Canada has its consequences). En français, however, I undergo a Jekyll-like transformation from Midwestern Judith Martin to angry truck driver doing stand up for the French navy. A typical conversation is … Continue reading Sappho in Paris: The Poetic Value of Lexical Cosmopolitanism
They should be. Maybe not in the sense that their life is one big lie, or that they manipulate the people around them in order to achieve their goals. Although that is an option, I'm talking more specifically about the character lying to themselves. One of the best pieces of writing advice I've ever come … Continue reading Is Your Character a Liar?
If you have trouble picking out books then this is the post for you. There are so many good books out there that you can’t ever just choose one, and, if you’re like me, you’ll probably end up just buying the five that you picked up along the way through each isle. Well, this is for those who either don’t know what exactly goes into getting and buying a book!
Each edition of a literary journal is something unique and special, like an ice cream cone with sprinkles. Each sprinkle (story) has a different flavor. The book starts from the book cover and goes all the way to having a diverse set of authors presented in the journal each time with an array of poems, … Continue reading Why Read Literary Journals
Everybody has at least one thing in their life that just feels right to them, something that they are so passionate about that they know that’s what they were put on the Earth for. For me, this is literature. When I was young, all I did was read. Whenever I got home from school, I … Continue reading How Harper Lee Led Me to My Passion