15 Mistakes Writers Make – Part 1

photo1Through many years of school, researching, editing, and writing, I’ve learned a lot about the world of writing. Here are 15 of the most common mistakes I see writers make. (Also 15 examples of a book or author I think exemplifies the correct way to do these.)

1. Telling, Not Showing. 

People read because they want to fall into a new world, be distracted by their own, experience something they haven’t, or learn something new. If they wanted a straight forward list of facts, they would go to Wikipedia. Whether you’re writing nonfiction or fiction, you need to pull the readers into the story. They should be completely enveloped by your world. Continue reading

Road Trip Fun

12309556_10205343765340408_6114873149955587314_oUniversity is a five hour drive from home for me. I mean, that’s not too bad, but every time I make a trip home, be it for a wedding, holiday, or just a break from school, I’m in the car for at least ten hours.

On top of that, I’ve made drives to Kansas City multiple times, Colorado, and Chicago, soon, hopefully. The point is, I’m in the car a lot. I’ve spent hours, days, weeks of my life in the car. I jam out to music, I listen to podcasts and audio books, and I call long-distance friends. But when I’m with other people, and we are finally tired of our road trip tunes, sometimes we have to get creative to have some fun.  Continue reading