horror story

Short Horror Story: The Boy I Drove Home

I drive down Wickery Street everyday when I get off work. Not…

I drive down Wickery Street everyday when I get off work. Not a lot of people take this street because of its worn-down pavements (you can thank the snow for that). But I love the view from here. There’s something about the blossoming flowers growing on trees in shades of red, pink, and white that looks out of this world.

Immoral characters

Can Evil or Immoral Characters Be Protagonists?

Can evil or immoral characters be protagonists? The answer is absolutely! After…

Can evil or immoral characters be protagonists? The answer is absolutely! After all, what exactly is a protagonist if not the hero of one’s own story. If you think about it, people, good or bad, all think they are the heroes of their own tale. Everything they do is for a cause.

Book review

A Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Let me start my book review off by mentioning that Lord of…

Let me start my book review off by mentioning that Lord of Shadows (the second in the Dark Artifices trilogy) is one of my favorite books. In fact, a lot of Cassandra Clare’s books, including Lady Midnight (the first book in the same trilogy), make it to my list of favorite books. If you are not familiar with these two books, you might recognize their predecessors City of Bones, City of Ashes, and the list goes on. . . So, without further ado, here is what I thought of this thrilling novel:

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Author Q&A: “What’s Your Next Step, Nour?”

There comes a time in every writer’s journey where people stop and…

There comes a time in every writer’s journey where people stop and ask them what their next step will be now that they have finished their novel. Along those lines, I am proud to say that I’ve completed my second novel. But before you start asking me when the publication date will be (which, by the way, I don’t have the answer to), you should know a few things.

writer's block

Organize Your Life and End Writer’s Block for Good

Writer’s block is a writer’s nightmare. However, you don’t have to live…

Writer’s block is a writer’s nightmare. However, you don’t have to live with it. In fact, you can kick it in the gut and tell it to leave you for good. How? By organizing your life, silly! I know it sounds crazy to think that getting rid of writer’s block is that simply, but it is. Bear with me here so I can fully explain.

lists for writers

A Book Review: Why Writers Need “Master Lists for Writers”

Recently, I stumbled upon another author’s blog. Bryn Donovan is a romance…

Recently, I stumbled upon another author’s blog. Bryn Donovan is a romance writer, and I did not know about her until a few weeks ago when I found myself stuck with words during my own novel-writing session. For those who don’t know, I have been working on my second novel and I just hit page 200, so losing words this far into the game was not something I wanted to deal with. I wanted to keep writing. So, after researching how to illustrate a specific emotional description, I came across Donovan’s blog. And from her blog, I was led to her book Master Lists for Writers: Thesauruses, Plots, Character Traits, Names, and More.

NaNoWriMo

5 Things You Should Do at the End of NaNoWriMo

In just 13 more days, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) will come…

In just 13 more days, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) will come to an end. Can you believe we have already gone through half a month of writing? At this point, you should be halfway done with your novel. If you have written around 25,000 words so far then give yourself a pat on the back because you have done a great job! Even if you did not reach this word count but you still sat down and wrote every day (or more often than before), be sure to congratulate yourself. Now is the time to start thinking of your plans once November ends. What will you do with the 50,000 words you wrote? If you think your work is done, you are far from correct. Here are 5 things you should do at the end of this writing month:

Do what you love

Career Advice: Why You Should Do What You Love

I’ve been there, you know, that place where people criticize your life…

I’ve been there, you know, that place where people criticize your life choices just because they don’t understand the route you are taking in life. At this point in my career, I’ve stopped listening to those critics. One, because no one other than me can decide how I want to live. Two, because most of those critics don’t seem to have reached a success higher than mine to be able to lecture me.

books

5 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from Books

As an author, I’ve discovered that the real world is just one…

As an author, I’ve discovered that the real world is just one big book. Think about it, our lives are stories. In As You Like It, William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” It can’t be a coincidence that all writers notice this theme about life. So what can you learn from books? Here are 5 life-changing lessons: