Writing Inspiration: Top 5 Lessons from my Year of Writing

Happy new year, everyone! I am so pleased to join Be Your Own Mentor to do one of my favorite writerly things: Encourage and inspire others! *throws confetti and does an embarrassing victory dance* But before we jump into the inspirational part, first an introduction (I promise this pertains to the post, haha). I’ve been … Continue reading Writing Inspiration: Top 5 Lessons from my Year of Writing

More than Just a Backdrop: How to Create a Fully Immersive Setting

There’s a popular writerly sentiment that goes something like this: “Writing a book isn’t one skill--it’s actually a bunch of different skills working together.” It’s an idea I wholeheartedly agree with. So many elements need to work for a book to come together seamlessly, from dialogue to prose to that perfectly paced plot twist. All … Continue reading More than Just a Backdrop: How to Create a Fully Immersive Setting

So, You Wrote a Marginalized Protagonist

So, you wrote a marginalized protagonist…. But you’re not marginalized yourself. Maybe your dream agent mentioned wanting one on their manuscript wish list. Perhaps you saw a book deal announcement featuring one on the weekly rights report. Or maybe you wrote this book to give marginalized readers a character they can relate to. “Yes! I’m … Continue reading So, You Wrote a Marginalized Protagonist