Crafting Category

Blogging 101

I have trouble getting started with something. As a writer, I keep a creative journal, trying to make myself write a little each day. I love starting a new journal. Those crisp, white, clean page, a blank canvas ready to be covered with words. I look at those pictures of smash-books and think “I want something […]

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The Flaws of Writing

Flaws of writing

As an English major, I love grammar. (I also still support the Oxford Comma even though some people have decided to boycott him. But that’s another blog post.) Over the years, I’ve learned a lot. How to structure sentences. How to create the perfect underbelly of a story. What keeps your readers engaged. But no matter […]

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I swear, it’s research

Sometimes I use google incognito, but not for the reasons you’re thinking In this past month, I’ve researched: Salem witch trials and the Devil How to break out of a train car How to easily kidnap a large group of people Most common evidence left at a crime scene Best ways to kill witches gross sounding […]

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Famous Last Lines

Certain lines stay with you long after you’ve finished. They make you sit back, reflect. Harry Potter – “After all the time?”  “Always.”  The Perks of Being A Wallflower – “And in the moment, I swear we were infinite.”  Christmas Carol – “They had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” I believe that the last sentence […]

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Forget these words ever existed

There are some words that should be wiped from the English language. Dead words, as elementary school teachers call them. The list goes on and on. These words are simple, not expressive or descriptive. Quite, really, very, just, like. The list goes on. These words tempt. I’m serious. But these words usually add nothing to the sentence. […]

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Goodbye my darling

I started writing my first novel when I was in elementary school. It’s not finished, but it still holds a soft place in my heart. The early draft looks quite different after years of maturing. The characters become more expressive., the setting clearer, the plot more complex. But one thing remains the same: my characters’ […]

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Look over there! They’re finally here with their presents!

I try not to be that English major, but I just want you to know that I’m silently correcting your grammar anyways. So I thought it’d be fun to give a short English lesson every Monday: Monday lessons. So, today, I want to explain the difference between  there/ their/ and they’re. Or better yet, your/ you’re.    there: used to […]

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Life’s Little Resolutions

When I grow up I want to be a writer. Well, I might have grown up already, but I still want to be a writer. I have hundreds of sheets of paper tucked in my backpack, purse, and my desk drawers. Many pieces have the perfect sentence on it, I just haven’t found the story they belong in. […]

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And then she blah blah

Words. When the right ones won’t come to me, I hate them. With a passion blah blah: [interjection] used to substitute for actual words in contexts where they are felt to be tedious or lengthy to give in full (oxford dictionary) When writer’s block has me deep in its clutches and rams me into a smoldering […]

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Creative writing….on Twitter

Social media finally infiltrated itself into our lives. We can’t be alone without feeling the need to look at a smartphone. Quality time with friends always includes media: Instagram selfies, Facebook check-ins, and lots of hashtagging. I will text people sitting in the room as me. It’s becoming an epidemic! Soon, the entire world will be […]

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