Ishmael paused on the boundary of everything there had ever been. His ship smoothly slowed to a standstill. Through the viewport shone stars of all different colours, shapes, and sizes. Goosebumps ran up Ishmael’s arm as he realised that he could be the first being to ever lay eyes upon some of them. As he … Continue reading Nowhere
When I travel, I get to see incredible sights. I get to experience history and breathe the air of brand new places. But I've found that some of the things I remember the most are the interactions I have with complete strangers. Why is this important? And why am I talking about it on a … Continue reading Human Kindness – As Told by Toilet Paper
No. 7/100 100-word short stories for my 100 follower celebration! Barren. The wasteland before Hassanah was devoid of life, and yet, the land seem to mimic life, as if searching for what it had once possessed. The wind shaped the sand dunes, bending their shapes to its will. Sand flew, carried on the wind, searching for … Continue reading Return
Show, don't tell. Grammar. POV consistency. Don't make the first scene a dream sequence. Make your main character likeable. Sometimes, writing can feel like it's all about the rules. But are these rules that we can break? As many of you know, I'm working on a YA novel right now. I've been working on it … Continue reading Do you really have to follow “writing rules?”
Photo by Narupon Promvichai on Unsplash Hi SEers. John here with you today. I’m going to further discuss the idea of giving characters life with …Showing – Not Telling Emotions Writers, we’ve all heard of the “show don’t tell” rule more times than we can count. We may think it’s overstated. We may get … Continue reading Reblog: Showing – Not Telling Emotions by John W. Howell
No. 6/100 100-word short stories for my 100 follower celebration! It took the span of six heartbeats for Ezra to make the right decision. When he finally made up his mind, he suppressed a sigh and reached toward Mother Maya, grabbing the twitching cleaning droid from her hands. “Here,” he said gently, “let me take a … Continue reading For Goodness’ Sake
Happy Friday, everyone! Normally, I come to you at the start of the weekend with a longer post on writing, but with my husband being ill and at home this week, my schedule has been all over the place. Therefore, I haven't had time to write the post I had planned for today, but I … Continue reading When things don’t happen the way you planned…
No. 5/100 100-word short stories for my 100 follower celebration! (And May the Fourth be with you.) The question echoed down grey corridors, bouncing against the soulless stone walls that had watched over the castle for eternity. But perhaps not for much longer. It was whispered by the slaves toiling in the fields, the servants running … Continue reading How Long?
Later today, I'm revealing a rough draft of the cover art for my next book to newsletter subscribers! Make sure to read below the story to find out how to subscribe so you don't miss a thing about what's coming up! No. 4/100 100-word short stories for my 100 follower celebration! She stares across a … Continue reading The Conqueror
If you weren't a homebody before the pandemic, chances are you're probably one now. Personally, I've always loved being at home, which is very much connected to the fact that I'm an introvert. At home, I can just be in my quiet little bubble. Everything is familiar and safe, and I have few worries. I … Continue reading Get out of the house. Seriously.