• The Gap Between What I Want and What I Have

    November 29, 2020 by

    CURRENTLY: I am writing a scholarship essay for a program that I really love, but it’s due quite soon. Like in two days soon. So I need a brain break to distract me from the impending doom. *** The gap between what I want and what I have. If that sounds deep to you, I’m… Read more

  • A Morning of Mourning

    November 5, 2020 by

    I am mourning my liberty, not simply liberty to live but liberty to naively believe this land could be kind to me. I was wrong. – I am mourning my naivety I thought that four years of sheer ignorance  was enough to prevent another four  years of catastrophe,  I was wrong. – I am mourning… Read more

  • Starting Your Story Off With A Bang

    October 9, 2020 by

    My favorite types of story entrances are these “bang” ones. I want to be thrown into the action immediately, get set in the tone and conflict of the story. It’s beginnings like these that keep me reading, while other entrances don’t pull me as well. What is a “bang” entry, you ask? The Bang: a… Read more

  • I Used to Like Looking Unhealthy, And Here’s Why.

    October 2, 2020 by

    I stare at the blinking cursor on my screen, wanting to move but not having the energy to do it. My head whirred in a daze as if I had little birds flying over it, and my eyes ached. This, three years ago, was my idea of how a successful, busy person looked. I was… Read more

  • You Are Not A Leader

    August 18, 2020 by

    You are not a leader. No, not even you who founded a non-profit or you who is president of a club at your school. I know, it’s a brazen statement from a fellow subpar-leader like myself, but the statement still stands. Let me explain. If you are the person in the group project who does… Read more

  • Forgive Yourself For Ignorant Mistakes

    August 11, 2020 by

    Forgiveness. It’s beautiful concept, but rarely are we told to forgive ourselves. We pick ourselves apart for ignorant mistakes and problems we had either ages of weeks ago. We roll over in bed and smother our faces in pillows in vexation. We never seem to let these go, including myself. I’m trying to forgive myself… Read more

  • 10 Tips to Living a Busy, Yet Stress-free Life

    July 10, 2020 by

    I am a busy person, as many know. I juggle my organization, internships, academics, extra-curriculars, writing, and hobbies, but I am rarely bogged down by stress. Striving for success does not mean you are bound to a life of anxiety and stress. Instead, if you learn how to balance your life in a way that… Read more

  • The Enthusiast: A New Journey For My Blog

    June 22, 2020 by

    This is going to be a semi-reflective, semi-announcment type post, but i suppose I’ll begin with the sentimental stuff. I live my life in a very meticulous manner. Everything I do has a purpose, or is guided by the knowledge that anything I do could bite me back one day. This blog was not one… Read more

  • The Greatest Person In The Room

    June 15, 2020 by

    I will never be the most accomplished person in the room. That’s not a statement of pity, far from, actually. I was brought aware of this fact through a conversation with a friend who also struggles with their perception of success. We both acknowledged that we are not the greatest people in our circles, but… Read more

  • Divine Blood is a Fantasy Gem

    June 13, 2020 by

    Fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Cruel Price, Throne of Glass and other high fantasy novels? This book’s for you. I had the pleasure of being an ARC reader for Divine Blood, a debut fantasy novel by Beck Micheals. This is an unbiased review that will detail what I liked about the… Read more

  • Writing in Tumultuous Times

    June 8, 2020 by

    2020 has not been the brightest of years in my lifetime. A global pandemic, justified social unrest, economic downturn, and an overwhelming amount of uncertainty. It feels like everything is on the brink of collapsing, and you’re holding onto whatever you can to brace for impact. So in these times, how can we be expected… Read more

  • A Writer’s Social Responsibility

    May 30, 2020 by

    As writers, we have a responsibility. Actually, more than a responsibility. We communicate stories and voices through our words, through the stetches and scribbles in our notebook, and people take the time to sit and absorb those words. Anyone can write about themself, about heartbreak and failure and sadness, but it takes a true writer… Read more

  • Instagram is the Anti-Hero In My Life

    May 25, 2020 by

    I suppose this teeters on the brink of poetry and prose. Maybe an essay, a memoir, a love letter, a declaration of war This is a pin-pointed jab at the core of the scorching insecurities curling in my gut you, I point a laser at you, omniscient god that watches over me i n s… Read more

  • What Makes Them Morally Grey? A Conversation with Astraeia Sun

    May 8, 2020 by

    Hello, everyone, and welcome to this week’s discussion. May for the Morally Grey is a month long theme I have for this blog, where I write articles, discuss pressing topics about the morally grey, review and analyze popular media with such characters, and publish some of my own work about this. Today, we have Astraeia… Read more

  • Never Have I Ever Created the Perfect Anti-Hero

    May 1, 2020 by

    *disclaimer, this may have light spoilers and is from a storytelling perspective. This is disregarding the cultural implications of Never Have I Ever. There is a popular netflix show called Never Have I Ever. It’s particularily caught public attention because of its groundbreaking decision to make the story revolve aroung a South Indian girl named… Read more

  • Writing Immigrants: A Conversation with Francesca Kyanda

    April 24, 2020 by

    Today on the blog, we have Francesca Kyanda, the winner of The Young Writers Initiative February contest. She is an amazing writer and an experienced one as well. Today, we will be discussing the immigrant experience, how it affects our writing, and how to write characters that are immigrants.  Riya: Hey, Francesca, glad to have… Read more

  • How To Get Me To Read Your Book

    April 17, 2020 by

    “Not all marketing people are writers, but all writers must learn to be marketers.” Joanne Kraft You’ve written a book, edited it to the best state that it can be, hired a cover artist, typeset it, and got it on the market. New authors and writers do not have much experience when it comes to… Read more

  • How to Tackle a Difficult Scene

    April 3, 2020 by

    “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath Ever experienced that scene that you can’t get past? Something’s not working properly. Maybe the narrative doesn’t make sense, the plot is… Read more

  • A Handful of Poems for the Hopeful Soul

    March 27, 2020 by

    Sovereign After all these years I’m beginning to question why I chased those dreams, those phony dream-like lies. Or if I had a dream at all And simply succumbed to the pressures of matching up To the ambition I saw in my peers I need not to secure my space at an ivy league Or… Read more

  • When Writing About Individuals with Disabilities

    March 20, 2020 by

    “The writers first affinity is not to a loyalty, a tradition, a morality, a religion, but to life itself, and its representation of language.” Jayne Anne Phillips Throughout my life, I have seldom felt the passion for a cause as much as I feel for respecting and accepting those with disabilities. Recently, I have been… Read more

  • Underwriting vs. Overwriting: Solutions

    March 13, 2020 by

    “When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.” Steven King Writers around the world struggle with one of… Read more

  • Why You Should Write on Wattpad

    March 6, 2020 by

    I have heard so many people discredit wattpad, claiming it is a low quality website that only sponsors low quality works and nothing else. As a vetern Wattpadder, this could not be farther from the truth. Sure, wattpad is not a dead set publishing forum that you can rely on, but if you’re a write,… Read more

  • 17 Things I’ve Learned By 17

    February 25, 2020 by

    The world is not against you. Gravity’s intent is not to keep you down, but keep you grounded, and its effects are universal. No matter how successful you get, no matter how accomplished you are, you will never be happy until you are content. Being content does not mean being stagnant, nor does it mean… Read more

  • Yonder Lies The Sunrays by Riya M. Cyriac

    February 22, 2020 by

    This short story is also published in The Ambient Heights Anthology. Tara picked at the grime under her chipped nails. She gnawed on the last piece of the stale bread she bought for thirty cents at the corner store and kicked a rock out of her path. It tumbled onto the empty road, covered in… Read more

  • How to Write a Love Story Readers Will Love

    February 15, 2020 by

    February is the month of love! Because of that, I wanted this month’s collaboration to be with an author who nails romance, whether is be in subplots or as the main plot. Everyone give a warm welcome to Alex Ashley! ALEX ASHLEY (also writing as Nicole Bea) is a short story author and novelist who… Read more

  • A Handful Of Poems For The Restless Soul

    February 8, 2020 by

    This is a handful of poems from my soul in my weariest time, when everything within me seems to die. I hope you can also relate with some of the emotions that I’ve felt in my past, and realize that while your soul may be restless, your endurance will prevail. This is an excerpt from… Read more

  • Editing and Revising: How To Get Started

    January 18, 2020 by

    Editing and revising can be the most tasking, yet ore rewarding part of the writing process. Why? Well, reading a polished version of your work is incredibly satisfying. Your first draft is just a concotion of your ideas and sloppy writing, but an edited second draft adds immense clarity you your writing. You are reimmersed… Read more

  • Manage Writing with Work/School with @rubyruins

    January 4, 2020 by

    In the spirit of school the start of the dreaded second semester, I found this the perfect time to feature an amazing review from an amazing writer! We all struggle with balancing our passions and our schools/jobs, so I hope this helps ease that! For that reason, I determined that the best person to collab… Read more

  • Add Diversity Into Your Writing

    December 6, 2019 by

    December is the month of festivities not only in the west, but all over the world. In celebration of that, I wanted to invite an up and coming author to talk about a hot topic in fiction: diversity. Ella Johnson is an avid writer on Wattpad, massing nearly 90k views on her book “Wrath in… Read more

  • The Moon and Her Children

    August 30, 2019 by

    the moon rises to her throne in the night sky, a call to her sons and daughters the one million stars twinkling up high   the sun takes his rest after his day of thrills coddled within valleys hidden behind hills the cacophony of space the quiet mystery that it holds each constellation is a… Read more

  • “Starships Don’t Exist” by Riya M. Cyriac

    July 25, 2019 by

    Daria is certain that her nonverbal brother didn’t murder Cassidy McClark, despite the overwhelming evidence against him. When she finds clues he left to lead her to the truth, she’s deterined to set him free. Everything isn’t as it seems.

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