4 Tips to Help You Overcome the Crippling Terror of the Blank Page // an article

I didn’t take any of my own advice while writing this article. In fact, I spent approximately two hours in a session of agony and distraught hair-pulling before I realized I was doing the very thing my subject matter was meant to help me NOT do. Hypocrisy, thy name is Sarah. Don’t be like me. [...]

How to Explain Your Story’s Premise Without Getting Tongue-Tied // an article for the not-so-nimble of speech

How to Explain Your Story’s Premise Without Getting Tongue-Tied // an article for the not-so-nimble of speech

I'm dedicating this article to Robin Barnes, who I only met twice in my life and seemed like a lovely person. She did, however, traumatize me as a fifteen year old when she asked what my book was about, and I, standing directly in the middle of my Christian homeschool co-op, panicked and blurted, "A [...]

Single Line Story Challenge // flash-fiction + chaos + a broken printer

Single Line Story Challenge // flash-fiction + chaos + a broken printer

Good morning, minions! Featured on today's smorgasbord of randomness is an assorted selection of PRETTY WORDS!!! Hannah Gaudette extended an invitation to participate in the single-line story challenge, which is, in essence, a glorified flash fiction dump. Flash fiction is fun. Thus, here I am. The idea is to choose 5 out of 13 genres [...]

Infiltrating Story Embers

Infiltrating Story Embers

Well friends, I did a thing. Back in January, Story Embers opened applications for a staff writer internship -- AKA killing brain cells and writing articles on a monthly basis. I saw the announcement email, thought, “hey, that's cool!” and promptly forgot about it. An hour later, one of my friends on the writing team [...]

Bookish Details That Deserve More Love // a meander through the fandoms

Bookish Details That Deserve More Love // a meander through the fandoms

Before you say anything, no, this is not a discussion about tropes. The internet has enough posts about “Top Ten Tropes That Are Totally Original!!” without me adding to the pile with my controversial opinion that enemies-to-lovers is a toxic model for relationships. I want to talk about something more fine-tuned. The small, specific story [...]