Content Incoming!

Hi, all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted–life got busy. But now, life should be less busy enough for me to bump my blogging up higher on my priority list.

What’s coming?

My plan/hope is to do weekly posts for the next while. These may range from longer form content to shorter posts, maybe some art, and perhaps writing project insights/updates along the way.

One thing I will be doing to give myself a little more freedom and breathing room is not as carefully proofreading my posts (if at all), so if there are errors, please forgive them. I’ll be saving my proofreading efforts for my other writing–like my creative projects.

Speaking of which, I’ve got a few creative projects coming down the pipeline. I’ve got two speculative short stories in the works and a longer manuscript that I’ll be working on–through they each are at different stages (but all are completely drafted).

That’s all for now, though!

Thanks for reading!

~Alex

What I’ve Learned from Editing My Own Writing

My two main projects have moved from the drafting stage into the editing stage. This isn’t my first rodeo with editing, and between other projects I’ve edited and these two pieces, I’ve learned a lot about how to edit my own work. Editing one’s own work isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve learned a few lessons along the way.

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Why I Love Writing

I’ve been thinking lately about editing—about how difficult it is to edit one’s own writing—mostly because both of my current main projects are in the editing phase. In the writing stage, I told myself to keep writing so that I would have a finished draft. And now that I’m done drafting, I tell myself to keep editing so I can finish these projects and begin drafting a new project. Somewhere in this thought process I realized that I don’t like writing: I don’t like drafting, I don’t like editing, I don’t like rewriting, and I don’t like more editing. So why do I still write?

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Busting Grammar Myths: Prepositions at the End of a Sentence

Have you been yelled at for ending a sentence with a preposition? Or maybe you’ve been told more politely? It’s not just you. I’ve been told the same thing. But guess what? You were told wrong. So then, what’s the deal with prepositions at the end of sentences?

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Writing Motivation: It’s Time To Find Your Writing Zone

Writing is hard. That’s no secret. It’s a mad scramble to find motivation and inspiration to finish (or start) that creative writing project. It’s time to take a look at your writing strategies, habits, and environment and evaluate what gets you typing and what stops your story in its tracks. What will really get you to write? Time to find out.   

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Book Review: Tula by Chris Santiago

Overview

Tula by Chris Santiago largely focuses on the ideas of sound and Santiago’s family and heritage. It begins by framing this narrative with a poem describing a scene when Santiago’s son stabbed his cochlea with a pencil.

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