Lessons to Practice #24: Penning Horror That Endures

“Talk about your ghosts. Man oh man.” – Stephen King, On Writing Hello all and good evening! This go around, I’m writing a continuation of last week’s “Lessons to Practice” by offering up some of my own thoughts and ideas for penning a great horror story. Ready to dive in? Make sure the lights are out…

Lessons to Practice #22: The Art of Pacing

Hey everyone! Here’s to wishing you a restful, spontaneous, and memorable week, even with work and our countless other personal obligations. This go around, I was looking to share some of my thoughts concerning the pacing of our creative writing. Amidst themes, character development, and opening and closing lines, there is the ever-present tether of…

Happy 4th of July! Lessons to Practice Break

Hey everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a happy 4th of July, as well as provide you all with just a couple of updates. First, my hiatus. I’m taking the week off from my “Lessons to Practice” series to enjoy some down time. However, I can’t help but share a little bit about…

Lessons to Practice #21: The Closing Line

Why, hello again! Welcome back to my blog, You New Adult Nostalgic. I’m really excited you’re here, in this shared space of young adult musings and my “Lessons to Practice”  posts. For those of you who are new, this series is my informal exploration of all kinds of writing topics, and ranges from suggestions I’ve…

Lessons to Practice #20: Writing in the Company of Grief

Howdy everyone! How’s life on your end of the internet? Hopefully you’re staying cool in this sweltering summer heat and making some awesome memories! Emotions rule me from time to time. I own that aspect of myself, and I know that I swing from completely logical and in my head to raw and unfiltered pretty…

Lessons to Practice #19: Organizing Principles and the Deepest of Themes

Hello and good evening! How is everyone doing tonight? I myself am feeling pretty phenomenal. Work, triathlon, Acro Yoga, and creative writing have all kept me sharp and cheerful this past week. I hope that all of you also have many accomplishments and experiences to revel in! Thematic elements of fiction can feel very subjective…

Lessons to Practice #18: Blogging and Networking

Happy Tuesday to you, fellow bloggers. May you all continue to have a good week with plenty of time for your writing! Networking and blogging are perhaps the most difficult peripheral aspects of becoming a writer. Speaking from my own experience, it’s challenging to establish a consistent and concentrated blogging platform, one that amasses a…

Lessons to Practice #17: The Eloquence of Your Voice

Writing without using your own true voice is writing without merit, plain and simple. Even if you happen to luck out and pen stories that land you a multi-million-dollar deal, going back and reading “your” own work will feel inauthentic at best, and painful at worst. Still, I have to honor the fact that finding…

Lessons to Practice #16: Perfecting Act Two of Your Story

¡Buenas tardes! We’re right in the midst of a new week, and for some of us that means getting back into the rhythm of work, self-care, and all the usual adult responsibilities. My hope is that, no matter how busy your schedule gets, you can still find time to get your creative writing and blogging…

Lessons to Practice #14: Nailing True-to-Life Dialogue

Hello! Did you know that I recently became a member of the Denton Writers’ Critique Group? I was fortunate enough to stumble across the group’s website in late January, and I attended my first meeting that very same night. My writing craft has never been stronger or more fully supported than now, and I graciously…