On My Shelf: The Wicked and the Just

The Wicked and the Just (J. Anderson Coats) isn’t the sort of book that I normally pick up because it doesn’t tick any of the boxes that I look for in a novel. I like my books to have: Magic, and lots of it. Action, especially explosions. Madcap adventures between lovable friends. Lots and lots of […]

The Writer’s Guide to Themes and Motifs

Writers need a decent grasp on English literature, but in case you haven't been in a classroom for years, here's a quick crash course on themes, motifs, and other literary terms you may have forgotten.

I was writing along the other day, as you do, when Calliope & Co. blessed me with insight. All of my characters make horrible decisions fueled by good intentions. That sounds so h*cking fancy. What a great theme. Or is it a motif? It’s been a really long time since I was in an English class. Even […]

Stop Worrying About Being Original

Want to write something original? Worried that you'll never write anything unique? Here's why you shouldn't worry about not writing original work.

Writers stress endlessly over being original enough. Beyond the fact that plagiarization is a crime (and a very expensive crime, at that), we all suffer from this idea that if we aren’t 1000% original at all times, our ideas aren’t good enough. We think that if someone else thought of it first, they’ve essentially called […]

How to Stay Healthy as a Writer

Writers are notoriously unhealthy—we spend all our time sitting in front of computers. Here are some tips for staying healthy while you write that novel.

The idea of being a healthy writer can seem a bit oxymoronic. Ernest Hemingway didn’t say “Write drunk, edit sober,” because he was invested in a healthy lifestyle. (Actually, he didn’t say that at all. The truth is never very exciting, is it?) More recently, Neil Gaiman quipped, “No, my people, we stay indoors. We […]

10 Kickass YA Heroines

This International Women's Day, celebrate with some of the most kickass girls of YA literature—including Hermione Granger, Annabeth Chase, and Éowyn, Lady of Rohan, Lady of Emyn Arnen, Lady of Ithilien, Shieldmaiden of Rohan, et. al

Once again, this post is late because I was on a plane. And sick. But who cares about that? It’s INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! To celebrate, here are just ten of my favorite kickass YA heroines—the girls and women who know how to be tough and who choose to be loving. Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter series […]