For the past few months, I’ve put all my free time toward editing and gaining feedback on my book. Since finishing my first draft, I’ve added almost 30,000 words to the book—completely unintentionally. Many of these words came from rewriting scenes and adding some much need transitions to really make the story flow. It’s been awhile… Continue reading Writing a Book: Feedback Is Magical
There are many types of writing styles and it is crucial for a writer not only to find theirs, but perfect it. I’ll show you three different types of writing styles: simple and clean, moderate, and flowery and descriptive. Seeing these examples next to each other may help you identify what your writing style is. Here… Continue reading Have You Found Your Writing Style?
After reading through and editing my first draft twice, one place I keep returning to is the prologue. I’m really conflicted over it. If I don’t love it as the writer, I know that the reader won’t either. And so I’m at a crossroads— do I skip my prologue or keep it? A trip through… Continue reading Writing Tips: Should You Skip the Prologue?
I’m currently in the process of editing the first draft of my book. While it feels great to be finished writing, I find myself amazed at the massive amount of editing and rewriting I still need to do. I read somewhere that some writers edit their book over eight times, and that made me feel… Continue reading Editing Your Book’s Sentence Structure
Well, I did it. I finally finished the first draft of my novel! It has been a two year journey and the relief I felt when that last chapter was written was incredible. It was comparable to the feeling I had when I finished my last college final. No more late night studying and no more… Continue reading Writing A Novel: I Finished the First Draft, Now What?
I’ve found that, along with writing as much as possible, writing classes are essential to my writing process. Being in a room full of people who love writing as much as I do and listening to authors talk about their writing process and success fuels me and keeps me going. I always leave excited and… Continue reading Writing Tips: The Publishing Process
My mom is in her sixties and just finished her first children’s book. None of my siblings, or even my father, knew she wanted to write a book, nonetheless wrote one. She wrote and even illustrated the entire thing in secret. I only found out about it when she called to say she had a deal and… Continue reading Is the Book You’re Writing a Secret?
The first line in a book is arguably the most important. This single line introduces the reader to your style of writing, your way of phrasing, and your storytelling ability. Based on this line, they instantly decide if they are intrigued enough to keep reading. Most writing books will tell you that your first line needs to… Continue reading Writing Inspiration: Perfecting the First Line of Your Book
Along with old bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops, I love visiting good antique stores. There is something about shifting through aisles full of worn trinkets, in library-like silence, to find a treasure. I’m usually on the hunt for old leather books, typewriters, and crystal decanters. I’m so lucky to live in the south, where antique… Continue reading A Rare Find in an Antique Store
Every writer needs to do some kind of research for their book, even if they are writing a book of fiction. I have a friend who is writing a book set in Sweden, so she is doing a lot of research about the culture, time difference, and language. My book is not set in a… Continue reading A Writing Resource: The Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures
So, three years later and I have to admit, life really got away from me. I had the best intentions to post all about my Portland adventures. Maybe I just had way too much fun roaming the city, exploring new shops, having coffee with friends, and walking out my front door not knowing where my walk would take me, that I forgot to sit down and document it here.
Welcome to rainy days & lattes, a blog that documents my adventures in Portland, Oregon. Keeping with the spirit of Portland, everything goes in this blog! I will document all my favorite stores, favorite coffee shops (and there is a lot of them!) and great eateries…and if by chance I stumble upon some weird happening, that… Continue reading Hello Portland!