6 Ways to Open a Novel

One of the most important sentences in every novel is the first one. It hooks the reader in and tempts them with the story to come. There are multiple ways to open your novel, but here are the six most common and where they're most effective: 1. Give a general statement Seventy percent of the … Continue reading 6 Ways to Open a Novel

Books of the Month, November 2017

With the temperature dropping like a stone, here are a few book recommendations that go well with a cup of cocoa and an afternoon indoors, out of the cold. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer Confession: I avoid starting book and TV series (serieses?) until they're either finished or about to finish. I can't sit months … Continue reading Books of the Month, November 2017

5 Books I’ve Reread the Most

1. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones I was a huge fan of the Hiyao Miyazaki movie in middle/high school and thought I'd check out the book it was (somewhat loosely) based on, and it's influenced my writing ever since. The reimagined fairytale tropes, the odd bursts of magic, the goofy but headstrong characters, the … Continue reading 5 Books I’ve Reread the Most

Books of the Month, October 2017

What's on your shelf? Here are some recommendations from past and present to expand your personal library. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan This collection of loosely-connected short stories jumps back and forth across time through the lives of a rotating cast of characters. The main characters (if there really are only … Continue reading Books of the Month, October 2017

Books You Should Read: Legend by Marie Lu

Throwback to the early 2010s dystopian craze! Legend sees a wanted criminal facing off against a talented detective in a grungy, futuristic Los Angeles. I've had this book on my Gotta Read Someday list since 2012, and can finally check it off. The Basics: Daniel "Day" Wing is a notorious criminal haunting the streets of dystopian, future Los … Continue reading Books You Should Read: Legend by Marie Lu