Month: February 2017

On My Shelf: Girl, Nearly 16, Absolute Torture

Girl, Nearly 16, Absolute Torture, by Sue Limb (pub. 2005), is my favorite book of all time. Yes, it’s a bit dated—it takes place during a primitive time when you had to get out of bed to access the Internet. Yes, it’s a silly teen comedy, and not a masterpiece of modern literature. And, yes, […] Read more…

6 Tips for Naming Your Characters

Naming a character is a bit like naming a baby—it’s got to be something that they can carry through their entire story. Their name is central to their identity. Unlike a real baby, though, a character’s name also needs to really represent who they are. You can’t predict what a baby will grow up to […] Read more…

5 Bad Writing Habits You Learned in School

We’ve all been to school, right? (I hope we’ve all been to school.) And, likely as not, that’s where we all got the majority of our writing practice. From our first sentences to our final papers, we learned about everything from grammar to punctuation to structure to form. And those skills are, like, 97% transferable […] Read more…

My First Story

Everyone’s first story is bad, and it can be pretty embarrassing to cast our minds back to that first awful attempt at fiction. But we all have to start somewhere…so, in the interest of solidarity and mutually assured humiliation, I’m going to tell you about mine. Like most people, I wrote my first story when […] Read more…