writing quotes

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Ray Bradbury

“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” – Ray Bradbury

This quote reminds me of the importance of character development in a story. If there’s anything I’ve learned about writing stories over the years, it’s that it’s helpful to know your characters intimately. Continue reading “Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Ray Bradbury”

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Monday Minute Writing Prompt: Cliches In Fiction

A few days ago, I watched a YouTube video where a girl talked about all the cliches she couldn’t stand in Young Adult fiction. Listening to her list made me realize that I had a few cliches in my own writing and it reminded me of how easily we can use cliches without even being aware of it. So my writing prompt for today is: What cliches have you found in fiction and how do you avoid them?  Continue reading “Monday Minute Writing Prompt: Cliches In Fiction”

book tags

Lazy Sunday: Stacking the Shelves #3

I’ve been in such a reading mode lately, especially since I reached the 11th book of the year yesterday. I set a Goodreads reading challenge to read 15 books in 2015 and I’m happy to say that I’m close to reaching that goal. Like others who enjoy reading, I buy books like other people buy shoes. Those buys give me a great high when I admire the book covers and relish in the anticipation of reading them.  Continue reading “Lazy Sunday: Stacking the Shelves #3”

Book Reviews

Saturday Summary: Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water is one of those books that I didn’t initially like but grew to like the more I read it. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time and I’m glad I gave it a second chance. It’s one of those books you have to stick with to really get the essence of the story. Continue reading “Saturday Summary: Green Grass, Running Water”

Fiction/Non-fiction

Wednesday Words: The First Day of Autumn

When I looked on my calendar today, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that today is the first day of autumn. Some people hate the fact that summer is over and it’s almost October but I look forward to it. Fall is my favourite season, with spring coming in close second. There are many reasons why I love fall so much.  Continue reading “Wednesday Words: The First Day of Autumn”

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Monday Minute: How Do You Create Realistic Dialogue?

Dialogue is important in a story. It can reveal a character’s personality, provide critical information to the reader and evoke an emotional response. But how do you make it believable and interesting to the reader? Continue reading “Monday Minute: How Do You Create Realistic Dialogue?”

Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites in the Writing World

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and I’ve got my mind on finishing some of my works in progress as I prepare for it. Lately I’ve been seeking out some writing advice on various blogs: to prepare for NaNo, to develop well-rounded characters and to create a good writing habit. Here are some of my favourite pieces of advice from writing websites… Continue reading “Friday Favourites in the Writing World”