Category Archives: Writing Thoughts

Utilizing Criticism

A few weeks ago, I accomplished two firsts as I writer: I submitted a story to a literary journal and I received a rejection letter from them. I can’t say I was not disappointed by the second, but I am … Continue reading

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Verbs for Time

We all know the power of words; they affect us every day. Our words influence others and ourselves. This is the inspiration for those of us who want to become writers; we want to use the tool of our words to … Continue reading

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Ten Characters I Want to Write

Characters are a critical part of a story for me. We have all seen or read plot-driven stories where tensions are high and character development is nonexistent. While these tales may be fun, my aim is to create stories with engaging and relatable characters.  We … Continue reading

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Magicis Fiction

Isaac Asimov, one of the great fathers of science fiction, defined the genre as “that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings” (Modern Science Fiction, 1953). I like to describe science fiction as … Continue reading

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The Heart of Fantasy: tLotR vs. aGoT

Why do I write? What is my vision for storytelling? These are essential questions for every storyteller to ask. Our worldview and beliefs, the lenses we see life through, affect how we tell stories. Our perspectives influence what themes we … Continue reading

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Yes, You Need an Editor

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2015 was to have a story professionally edited. It is always intimidating to submit our work, something we have poured hours and emotions into, to the critique of others. We must ask ourselves … Continue reading

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The Gold in the General Store

Every fourth-grader in California learns about California history; everyone builds a replica of a Spanish mission out of sugar cubes and learns about the gold rush of 1849. One of the key lessons about the gold rush concerns who actually … Continue reading

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