for July, 2014

Best literary sidekicks.

July 26, 2014

All right, so. We all know some of the best characters in any novel are the side characters. I specifically usually dislike main characters and fall more in love with the supporting ones than the ones the story is mainly about. That’s probably because there are some really badass side characters in books these days (and all days) that deserve a lot more attention than they get. And okay, technically some of these characters don’t really count as “sidekicks” by the technical definition of the word, but… They’re still amazing. Iorek Byrnison As far as sidekicks go, Iorek Byrnison from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is one of the best you can get. Not only is Iorek insanely loyal to Lyra and her quest, but he’s a goddamned armored bear who is a master smith in sky-iron. He even fixed the subtle knife after Will broke it! If you need someone on your side, someone who is going to […]

Literary Baby Names

8 popular baby names from literature.

July 25, 2014

Newsflash for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention: I am pregnant! That means my life has been tossed into a jumble of writing, work, and baby-planning activities, which is awesome and stressful at the same time. Mostly awesome. Occasionally stressful. One of the coolest part about the baby-planning activities is picking out baby names. We don’t know the gender yet, so we’re tossing boy and girl names around until we know for sure which one we’ll be blessed with. That means there’s a lot of talk about baby names. Being who I am, I picked out a lot of awesome names I love out of my favorite books. Unfortunately, most of them have been vetoed. Anyway, it would be really easy for me to pick out the literary baby names I’d been looking at, but it turned out to be a lot more challenging to look at the literary baby names that are actually on the rise. Here’s what I […]


How long should it take you to finish your first draft?

July 24, 2014

I’m always on the look-out for writing related news, articles, and other media, not just to inspire pieces for this blog (which is definitely one of the main reasons), but to keep me in the loop of what’s going on in the writing space. Recently, one of my cousins sent me an article posted to Business Insider with twenty-two pieces of advice about writing from one of the most successful writers of this generation: Stephen King. Think what you will about Stephen King, he’s a phenomenal example of a professional writer. I’m personally not a fan of the majority of his work, both because I don’t really like the horror genre and because his writing style doesn’t suit my tastes. However, that personal preference doesn’t mean King isn’t a good writer, and obviously other people are really happy with his books. Otherwise he wouldn’t be nearly as successful as he is. The list on Business Insider was all taken from […]


Drawing out the end.

July 23, 2014

How many of you sat in the theaters at the end of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and accidentally stood up three or four times because you kept thinking the movie was finally ending? You know, with the eagles then Rivendell then the Shire and, finally, when the ship sails off? Lord of the Rings is great, and if you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know I enjoyed the movies far more than I enjoyed the books. However, when it comes right down to it, the ending of Return of the King took way too long. I understand we all wanted some closure after sitting through three, three-and-a-half hour long movies, but did we really need that much closure? I think it’s a pretty common tendency, especially for writers, and doubly especially for writers working on larger series rather than individual novels. We want to make sure everything is wrapped up to the point […]


Some of my favorite literary devices and tools.

July 22, 2014

There are a lot of really awesome literary devices and poetic tools in prose writing. Most of us use these to a certain extent before we even really know what they are, and that’s because most of us start writing by mirroring our favorite writers’ styles. Most of those writers are familiar with these tactics, which, you know, makes it easy for us to pick them up even if we don’t really know what they’re called. Go us! College helps a lot with that, too. Not only do writing classes teach you a lot of these devices and tools, but literature classes do, too. In literature classes, you are essentially deconstructing what other writers have done, and in many cases, this means overanalyzing every single writing tool they’ve ever used ever. It gets annoying, but hey, it helps you learn some cool writing techniques! There are a ton of really fun tools, but these are my favorites, and the ones […]

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