Since I absolutely adored Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, it's safe to say that I had high expectations for its sequel, Leah on the Offbeat. But regardless of how high my expectations were, it still exceeded them. While Simon vs. was told from the point of view of Simon Spier, Leah on the Offbeat is told from the … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘Leah on the Offbeat’ exceeded all of my expectations
Now, I'm not claiming to be the most experienced writer of tough topics, or even the most experienced writer at all. I only have one novel that's completely written (kind of), and while it covers a variety of tough topics like sexual assault, mental illness, and sexuality, I have personal experience with all but one … Continue reading The KEY to writing about tough topics
When I started this blog, I had planned on using it in part to write about my revision process and the trials and tribulations that go with that. That's still the plan, but it's super hard to do when you're not actually doing much revising. So here's the first update for you all: I'm taking … Continue reading I’m taking a break from revising my novel, and that’s okay
Yes, I still hate character charts. Yes, I still try to fill them out and get bored every time. And yes, I have officially found something even better than those 5 fun ways to develop your characters I wrote about a while ago. And that, my friends, is making character mood boards. Yes, you read that right. … Continue reading How to create a character mood board (and why I’m obsessed)
Today is the third birthday of Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and I took that as a sign that I need to talk about how much I adore it. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time, okay? It even beats Turtles All the Way Down, which is saying … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Will I ever write a novel as good as ‘Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda’?
I realize that I am way behind on this, especially since Turtles All the Way Down was released over a month ago. But I finally started it, I put off my 15-page thesis long enough to finish it, and it deserves a blog post of its own. I'll have to admit, I'm not the biggest … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ is John Green’s best work
Let's get one thing straight: I loathe character charts. I struggle immensely with character development, and I've filled out one too many charts about my main characters. The ones with 500+ questions are, for whatever awful reason, the ones I lean toward most, and maybe that's part of the problem. Either way, I never finish … Continue reading 5 Fun Ways to Develop Your Characters