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.

writer thinking

Top 5 Things Writers Do When They’re Not Writing

Writers have a tough job. Not only do they have to create…

Writers have a tough job. Not only do they have to create a reasonable, interesting world, they have to do so in writing (obviously). As Thomas Mann, a German novelist, said, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Writers have to think twice about each word they put on paper, pick only the best ideas, and tell refined stories that have been shaped and reshaped over and over and over. And even then, writers will still think their stories needs more work, but they have to stop editing at some point to get their writing published. So, what exactly do writers do when they’re not writing?

writer humor

Top 5 Things Writers Are Tired of Hearing

From time to time, us writers receive some comments that drive us…

From time to time, us writers receive some comments that drive us insane. Being the good actors we are—we are creative, after all—we put a smile on and tell everyone that we will consider their ideas. If you’re a writer, or perhaps just a curious reader, check out the following five things writers are tired of hearing. And pass on this little writer humor if you find it to be true!

WARNING: I will most likely ramble angrily in this blog.

grammar

Easy English Grammar Tips That’ll Advance Your Writing

The English language is so beautiful, and in my opinion, it is…

The English language is so beautiful, and in my opinion, it is the easiest language to learn. My first language is Arabic, but when I moved to America in 2004, English became the main language I used. In school, with my friends, and sometimes with my parents, that was what I spoke. And when I became a writer, I taught myself all the rules that even the typical American doesn’t know. So I can honestly say that I’ve become an expert in English grammar, and I’m here to share some English grammar tips to help you advance your writing in simple ways.

author

Writing Tips: Common Questions I Get Asked as an Author

Recently, I did an author Q&A video answering questions from fans on…

Recently, I did an author Q&A video answering questions from fans on social media. The questions were:

  • What’s your writing process like? What is your ritual to prepare yourself to write?
  • How do you determine what details are and aren’t important when writing?
  • How do you get inspired in a busy and distracting world?
  • What inspired you to write Dance with the Devil?