Posted in Life's Thoughts & Reflections, Longer Posts, Other, Short Stories, Tips, Words, Writing

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

What is good writing?

A question without a simple answer.

I am no expert at writing — or anything, for that matter. You need many years to gain expertise, and I haven’t had many years yet. But I do love writing, and I get better at it every day. Here are some things I have learned from online, other people, and my own experience.

Red pen lying beside a page of writing with some markings and corrections.
If you are interested in this post, stay tuned!

Also!


I decided to try something new, so coming soon is a helpful infographic: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists.

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Posted in Life's Thoughts & Reflections, Longer Posts, Quick Reads, Words, Writing

So Slow So Fast

Please take the time to read this short post.


147. That’s how many posts I’ve made on this blog.

70,770. That’s how many words I’ve written on this blog.

698. That’s how many times I’ve clicked a zoom link to a virtual class.

∞. That’s how many hours I’ve spent in front of a screen.

418. That’s how many days I’ve been familiar with the term “mask up.” “Unprecedented.” “Pandemic.”

365. That’s how many days it’s been since I started this blog.

So slow, so fast. The year arrived and escaped. (Or did we escape from it?)

I learned a lot in the past year. I could go back to my first post and point out every mistake I made.

But I won’t do that. I’ll leave my younger self in peace and pride.

I can confidently say this past year was the weirdest of my life.

But (and I acknowledge my privilege in saying this) it was also one of the best.

I learned a lot this year.

How there was such a thing as cloth masks.

How when the world finds out they’re going to be in their house for an indefinite period of time, I guess their first thought is toilet paper.

How a birthday can still be amazing even when you talk over Zoom and sing on the sidewalk.

How although we as humans have caused global warming, littered the earth, been careless and unsafe, and hurt others in countless ways, we always manage to find the good.

I’m glad to let go of this year. It is one I will always remember.

If not for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have started this blog.

I wouldn’t have made so many new friends.

I wouldn’t have realized how much I like school.

I am happy to say that Words on Key, a project I thought would only last a month, is still going, even if I can’t write something every day or every week. And hopefully, I will be writing another post on March 20th, 2022. Hopefully then, I can say that everything happening now is behind us.

But for now, I’m happy to be safe and well. To be able to go to school, even just a little. To have a place where I can share my thoughts and writings like these with the world and be proud of them.

So slow, so fast.

The year arrived and escaped.


For there is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Posted in Longer Posts, The Untitled Book, Words, Writing

The Untitled Book – Chapter 4

It’s been a while since I wrote something on here.

I’ve been busy with virtual school (my school is doing all remote learning, and I never thought I would be so anxious to go to my actual school) and have been spending my free time on a project, which I am working on a post about.

Now that I have finished (sort of) that project I decided to pick up on the first few chapters of a story I started writing in the summer. You might need a recap, so here are the links to the previous chapters.

Chapter 1 (Finn)
Chapter 2 (Mabel)
Chapter 3 (Finn)

However, if you are new to this story or you forgot what happened (because I kind of did too) I understand if you don’t want to go back and read all the chapters, so here is a brief recap:

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Posted in Longer Posts, Short Stories, Tiny Tales, Words, Writing

Tiny Tale Bundle #14

Tiny Tale Bundles Rules:

  • There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
  • Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
  • The word limit is one hundred words.
  • If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
  • If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
  • Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
  • Optional: display the word count.

The prompt today is…

A silhouette of two people in camping chairs watching a sunset, a tree next to them. The main colors are red and black.
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