I’ve lived in my neighborhood for nine months now—we moved in in January. And in that time, I haven’t explored much. I stay indoors, or follow my same old routines—work, grocery store, home, repeat. But the other day, I needed to mail a few letters and I decided to ride my bike to the post … Continue reading Ride Your Bike and Skin Your Knee
Amie Kaufman’s and Jay Kristoff’s Illuminae is an epic space opera told on a personal scale. It’s the story of Kady and Ezra, but it’s also the story of what it means to be human; whether it’s right to put the needs of the many above the needs of the few; how tragedy shows us … Continue reading Illuminae Review
It happens to every writer. (There’s nothing new under the sun.) You read a book and think, “I could never do that. I’ll never be as good as them.” Why is writing so fraught with self-doubt and insidious comparisons? I believe it’s because every finished novel is a black box—inscrutable. There’s no way to look … Continue reading The Curse of the Glossy Hardback
Here are the writing prompts from August. I hope they help you get started with an idea! If you do write something, go ahead and share it in the comments. That's all from August! Like these prompts? I post a new writing prompt every Friday on Twitter. Follow me @nikiblois for more writing inspiration.
Stephanie Garber’s Caraval is effervescent, atmospheric, vivid. She masterfully creates a stunning world where sisters, sailors, and mysterious players revolve around one another in a game where nothing—or everything—is real. What you can steal 1. Her sumptuous scene-setting. I hesitate to call this worldbuilding—while Garber does invest in some intriguing worldbuilding, it’s her individual scenes … Continue reading Caraval Review