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Starting Your Story Off With A Bang

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 … Continue reading Starting Your Story Off With A Bang

Why “instapoetry” is Doing Better Than “Traditional Poetry”

Disclaimer: this is my opinon from my personal findings For the past couple of years, there has been an swell in the consumption and creation of poetry, and as an aspiring poet myself, I wanted to get to the bottom of it. From a general perspective, the answer is simple, and doesn't require a research … Continue reading Why “instapoetry” is Doing Better Than “Traditional Poetry”

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar: 15 Thoughts While Reading + #OwnVoices Reflection

I had the honor to be an ARC reader for debut author, Shveta Thakrar's, Star Daughter, a mystical tale of a half-mortal, half-star Indian teenager named Sheetal. After an accident, Sheetal's father is hospitalized, and needs a full star to help her heal him. Sheetal's quest to save her father will take her to a … Continue reading Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar: 15 Thoughts While Reading + #OwnVoices Reflection

What Makes Them Morally Grey? A Conversation with Astraeia Sun

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 … Continue reading What Makes Them Morally Grey? A Conversation with Astraeia Sun

Never Have I Ever Created the Perfect Anti-Hero

*disclaimer, this may have light spoilers and is from a storytelling perspective. This is disregarding the cultural implications of Never Have I Ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyOCCCbxwMQ watch Never Have I Ever on Netflix 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 … Continue reading Never Have I Ever Created the Perfect Anti-Hero

Writing Immigrants: A Conversation with Francesca Kyanda

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 … Continue reading Writing Immigrants: A Conversation with Francesca Kyanda

How to Tackle a Difficult Scene

“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 not … Continue reading How to Tackle a Difficult Scene

When Writing About Individuals with Disabilities

"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 strongly … Continue reading When Writing About Individuals with Disabilities

Editing and Revising: How To Get Started

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 … Continue reading Editing and Revising: How To Get Started