In Defense of “Romance”

I have a confession. For some of you it may be a big one, and for others it’s no biggie at all. But I feel like this secret has been weighing on me so much the past few years that I should get it all out in the open and in public. Don’t worry: I…

What’s On My Playlist? Music for Fans

If you’ve meandered through my other posts so far, you’ll see that I’ve also given some personal tips on writing that have helped me. Passing on this knowledge has been fun, but one aspect that I want to share is music. Now, I’ve already devoted a post to how important music can be while you’re…

Swearing Like a Sailor: Cussing and Insults in Fiction

Sorry for the absence lately! Aside from some family affairs and work, the reason I haven’t been posting is…I didn’t know what to write about! But yesterday I had a stroke of inspiration while reviewing my bookshelf. It’s not anything “revolutionary,” but more of something I’ve come to appreciate lately. Given the title of this…

The Sounds of Story: Mixing Music with Reading

Today I’m going to talk about something that my friend asked about recently. She took a look at my recent posts and asked, “Why do you put ‘music to listen to’ at the bottom?” It’s a good question. To me, music and literature have been synonymous with each other. In their own ways, both mediums…

From Page to Screen: Reading Value in Screenplays

I wanted to do something a little different today and talk about expanding your literary horizons. I was a Creative Writing major in college, and so had to pick a focus along with my other peers. It was fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, so naturally my peers and I would gravitate toward those reading materials. But…