Ramblings of a Child Daring to Follow Her Dreams

Apr 11

From College Essay Guy: Three Mistakes Even Excellent Students Make on Their College Essays


Continuing from last week’s post about colleges with rolling admissions, College Essay Guy presents this week’s topic: Three Mistakes Even Excellent Students Make on Their College Essay. Without further ado, here is his post.


These are the things to avoid doing on your college essays next fall:


Using the perfect big word in context is awesome. Here’s an example:

Essentially, I chose to struggle through a problem if the solution involved speaking out against it. My diffidence was frustrating. My parents relied on me, the only one able to speak English, to guide them, and always anticipated the best from me.” (Nice. Subtle.)

But using big words just to impress the reader is not awesome. Example:

My ignominious reticence persisted in obstructing me from attaining my foremost inclination.” (Say what? #tryingtoohard)



They’re different, both in aim and style. An AP English paper is a formal piece of analysis; a personal statement is a first-person piece of creative non-fiction. So make it personal. Use the word “I.”



Who is this imaginary “they”? You can’t know. Trying to guess not only stresses you out, it shifts your focus away from your authentic experience (something you know) and onto what you imagine someone else might think of your experience (something you can never know). So don’t waste time guessing. Instead, write from the only perspective you really know: your own.

Click here for a free step by step process.

And if you’ve got more questions, feel free to contact me.


 NOTE: Part 2 of this post will be featured next week.

Mar 15



Deflate when writing prose; inflate when writing essays for school.

Procrastinating on finding ways to add one page to my essay to get the page requirement! Thank you so much.




Deflate when writing prose; inflate when writing essays for school.

Procrastinating on finding ways to add one page to my essay to get the page requirement! Thank you so much.

Feb 15


5 Ways to Use Sound When Writing

Sound is one of the most powerful ways to get into a scene, and when utilized can help your writing flow easier. Below are my favorite tips for using sound to kick you into writing mode (from least to most obvious).

5. Make the sounds of your scene on your computer.

Credit for this idea goes to friend/classmate Annie (who is awesome).

With an app like White Noise, you can actually create the sound of your scene. Characters are walking near a harbor? No problem. Character’s are sitting by a fire? You got it. Place yourself in the center of that scene and use the sounds to help you become fully immersed.

(keep reading)

Feb 13


best day of his life

Feb 13


YA Fiction with LGBTQ* Characters On Our Radar

(….and a few quotes)
Feb 07

How to show that a character is asexual →


…Because interrupting the narrative to turn it into Asexuality 101 is not always a good idea.

It may be easier to implement these ideas if you’ve also read my asexual character development question list. You can also get more ideas from reading and answering those questions.

Feb 03

masterpost for writers creating their own worlds, or even just characters

Jan 27

writing tip #700:



your characters are like geodes


if you want to see what they’re really made of


you must break them

this is so good i dont even know how to describe it just GUYS

Jan 16

Annoying Writing Mistakes (via The most annoying writing mistakes - BookBaby Blog)
Jan 06

Click here to support Project Manifest. by Matthew Munro →


Please donate if you can but even if you can’t please share this and spread the word. We’re trying to raise money for one of the most compassionate, loving people I know. He is such a great person and deserves so much better than the cards he’s been dealt and I want to help him be able to feel comfortable in his own body. His family refuses to help or even respect that he’s not a girl. He has been metaphorically inches away from ending his life and I’m so grateful that he didn’t because he’s touched so many people. 

To my followers: If I have touched you in any way, made your day better or made you smile or feel loved, then please return the favor and at least spread the word. 

Jan 06

100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language


  1. Ailurophile - A Cat-Lover.
  2. Assemblage - A Gathering
  3. Becoming - Attractive
  4. Beleaguer - To Exhaust with Attacks
  5. Brood - To Think Alone
  6. Bucolic - In a Lovely Rural Setting
  7. Bungalow - A Small, Cozy Cottage
  8. Chatoyant - Like a Cat’s Eye
  9. Comely - Attractive

Read More →

Jan 05

quote If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.

— Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)

Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.

Jan 03

quote This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

— (via buskowski)
Dec 29


I want like 5,000 stories about disabled girlfriends

and many of these stories should be about black girls and trans girls and muslim girls and working class girls or all of these at once, because there are so so many different disabled girls and we all need to be represented and respected

So if you’re a writer looking to make your stories more representative and realistic please consider disabled girlfriends thank you and goodnight

Dec 28