Writing Tips

Knowing What Kind of Writer You Are

I was speaking to my friend (and critique partner) about our books the other day. I'm in the editing process but she's still in the writing the draft process. And we were envious of each other! You see, I think there's different kinds of writers who thrive in different ways. I thrive in the writing… Continue reading Knowing What Kind of Writer You Are

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Mind Mapping for Writers

I love mind maps. Countless times have they helped me figure out ideas that I was struggling with. Here are a few ways that you can use mind maps: Details for your story: this is the biggest one. I've used many mind maps to help me to discover detail about my story without feeling like… Continue reading Mind Mapping for Writers

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Why Writing is Hard

Writing is hard. It is. Not because writing something is hard, because technically everyone can write something. Not because coming up with good ideas is hard, because all kinds of people (extraordinary and not so extraordinary) can come up with ideas everyday. No, writing is hard because: Discipline - it takes discipline to sit with… Continue reading Why Writing is Hard

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What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

By children, I mean middle grade (8-14) really. I've been thinking about this a lot, as someone who plans to be a middle grade author in the not too distant future. What do children want and need from a book in this day and age? Because, I bet it's not the same as 5 years… Continue reading What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

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I Now Have a Lifestyle Podcast!

Hey guys, I now have a podcast called "What I Know So Far", where I talk about bettering your life, your mindset, and your mental health. If that interests you, then check it out here on Anchor (soon to be available elsewhere, too). Thanks! What I Know So Far podcast by Siana-Rose Crawford on Anchor What… Continue reading I Now Have a Lifestyle Podcast!

Writing Tips

How to Handle Criticism

As a budding writer or author, you will suffer through a great deal of criticism. Everyone's a critic, and everyone criticises art. That means you and your work will be a big target. They'll say your writing is dull. Your writing is too descriptive. Your characters don't work. Your plot doesn't make sense. Your plot… Continue reading How to Handle Criticism

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Africa Changed Things…

I'm so sorry that I've been absent for so long. Silly me, I actually forgot to tell you that I went to South Africa for two weeks at the end of August - whoops! I'm back now and I've been busy throwing up and having anxiety and writing a new book and going back to… Continue reading Africa Changed Things…