Kill Your Darlings (But Don’t Bury Them)

Kill your darlings.

As writers, we’re very accustomed to two kinds of murder: the murder of characters, and the murder of amazing sentences and scenes that don’t advance the plot—aka “kill your darlings.” “Kill your darlings” means that you need to put quality over sentimentality. We’ve all written brilliant sentences that wound up not really helping our story, or […] Read more…

On My Shelf: Mistwalker

Review of YA novel Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell

Mistwalker, by Saundra Mitchell, was so h*eckin’ good. There, I said it. Review over. Okay, not really. But after being totally blown away by the story, the prose, the imagery, and the characters, I just had to get that off my chest. What Mistwalker is about: All Willa Dixon wants is to be the next […] Read more…

Why You Should Write Fanfiction

A while back, I mentioned that I got my fiction-writing start via Twilight fanfiction. Which is, okay, a little embarrassing for two reasons: one, it’s Twilight, and two…it’s Twilight. I went back and tried to re-read the first one last year and I just…ugh…gah. What I remembered as being a moody, dreamy, slightly dumb love […] Read more…

How I Knew I Was a Writer

Being a writer is a funny thing. We wait and wait for some kind of outside validation—someone to tell us that we’re real writers now, not just hobbyists. Unfortunately, there’s no standard metric for when you become a writer, instead of just someone who likes to write. We have to figure it out all on […] Read more…