They said, “All teenagers scare the living shit out of me!!” – My Chemical Romance, “Teenagers” I primarily write YA fiction. There’s this misconception that writing for teenagers means you have to dumb your writing down. You know, pluck all the “big” words out of your prose because teenagers couldn’t possibly understand them. Make sure your… Continue reading “How Do I Talk To Teenagers?” You’re Already Asking the Wrong Question
This blog is something I treasure. It allows me a platform to write my thoughts on topics that are important to me in long form, and then to distribute those thoughts to a large audience. It provides me with a place to practice my writing, which, to a young writer trying to sell her fiction,… Continue reading I’ve Been M.I.A., But I’m Back With a College Degree!
When I woke up this morning, there was rage all over my Twitter feed. I couldn’t find the source, but it seemed to have something to do with YA readers being shamed for, well, reading YA. What’s new, right? I went about my day normally. Later, a friend posted the link to the offending article,… Continue reading No, I’m Not Embarrassed: Good Lit is Good Lit
Hey readers! I just wanted to give you lovely people a quick update about why I seem to have completely vanished from my blog (I’m sad whenever I remember I haven’t written a blog post since February). I spent a month after writing my Frozen post editing my third novel until it was in fine enough condition… Continue reading Why You’ve Been Hearing Nothing But Crickets From Me
A while ago, I wrote what I now consider to be a very naive post about how I am at a disadvantage in the literary industry because I love to read classics, and my novels are consequently influenced by them. I couldn’t understand what the literary world had against archaic language, flowery descriptions, and novels that… Continue reading Classic and Contemporary Novels: How Both Can Improve Your Writing
Because I’m dumb, I didn’t bring any of my video games to Dublin with me. I figured I wouldn’t have time to play them (I don’t) and that I probably wouldn’t miss them much, anyway (I do). But I’m surrounded by them–my brother has been Snapchatting me pictures of him playing the recently released Kingdom… Continue reading Why Video Games Are Like Novels
A long long while back, I asked via Twitter if people would like it if I made up a list of who I consider the strongest women in fiction. I never got around to it because of some personal stuff in my life that kind of turned my whole routine upside down. And then I… Continue reading Top 15 Strongest Female Characters (According To Me)