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Knowing Your Genre, Part 4: Horror

Hello everyone, and this week on the blog we continue with my series of blog posts on literary genres. You can find the other posts by clicking here. Today, we're going to talk about Horror. Horror is one of my favorite genres, but it's also very misunderstood and misinterpreted. Horror is more than gore like… Continue reading Knowing Your Genre, Part 4: Horror

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Knowing Your Genre, Part 3: Magical Realism

Magical Realism is one of the hardest genres to define in fiction. It's both speculative and literary, and it involves elements that no one can quite pinpoint. When asked about magical realism, agents and editors will give an answer that resembles something along the lines of "it's a book where something magical becomes ordinary". The… Continue reading Knowing Your Genre, Part 3: Magical Realism

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Knowing Your Genre, Part 2: Science Fiction

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second blog post on the series on Genres I'm doing. Last week I talked about fantasy subgenres, and this week my sole focus is science fiction. For those who are still kinda confused, there's a difference between Fantasy and Science-Fiction. People often lump them together, as if it's one… Continue reading Knowing Your Genre, Part 2: Science Fiction

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Knowing Your Genre, Part One: Fantasy

Hello everyone! With PitchWars almost in the corner and everyone getting ready for submission, it's time we all have everything set -- there's always time for last minute revisions and changing your queries, but don't stress it out. After posting my wishlist, there was a particular question that I got asked a couple of times:… Continue reading Knowing Your Genre, Part One: Fantasy

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Your Experience is Not Universal: and that’s okay

There's been a constant discussion on twitter about writing and who gets to write what. As for contemporary, there's always been that unspoken rule about #ownvoices -- someone writing from their own experience will have better knowledge of the subject, and thus will know what they are talking about, and it'll be written with better… Continue reading Your Experience is Not Universal: and that’s okay

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Discussing Identity, and when it’s not Enough

The other day I read a convo on twitter that made me really think about how we often see ourselves, and how we can hurt someone else when we are hurting. It revolved around the new Blade Runner trailer, and the fact that there are no visible POC on it. Often in sci-fi movies the… Continue reading Discussing Identity, and when it’s not Enough

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The Sexualization of Teen characters in YA Romance (and why it needs to end)

Sit down because this is one reeeeeally long post. Recently I was talking to a friend about something that deeply bothered me in book blurbs - the use of the word "sexy". Often, I see it used in erotic books - which are totally fine! - but still feel weird. What troubles me is the… Continue reading The Sexualization of Teen characters in YA Romance (and why it needs to end)

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Going Deep into POV

This is something all writers wonder at some point in our story. Choosing which POV will be used is something hard, especially because it's the lens through which we'll see the story pass. POV - short for point of view - is one of the most important elements within a story. Why? Because it shapes… Continue reading Going Deep into POV

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Staying in Your Lane (And Other Publishing Woes)

Authors of Color and often LGBT writers always talk about "staying in your lane" when it comes to other writers that don't share a marginalization with the character they are writing. More often than not, this is seen as a really restricting view on writing, as if POC are telling other writers NOT TO WRITE… Continue reading Staying in Your Lane (And Other Publishing Woes)