NaNoWriMo: Tips to Keep You Going

By Miranda Clark-Poulson Welcome to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! For those of you new to NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel over the month of November. It sounds scary because it is. But scary doesn’t mean impossible! Here’s some advice for all you participants out there. Do the Math If […]

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The Art of Tsundoku

I buy books more than I logically should. Do I have time to read all these books? No. Do I have money to buy all these books? Also no. In fact, I don’t even have space to store all the books I acquire. They’re tucked in every empty drawer and perched on every free shelf. […]

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Doubling Down on Dialogue

By: Miranda Clark-Poulson   Dialogue is essential to most stories. Naturally, this can make it difficult to tackle. Few writers can get away without using dialogue, so it’s better for us to get comfortable and learn to love it. But, before we get in too deep, it’s important to note that dialogue should do two […]

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Creating Believable Characters

By: Miranda Poulson There are many important factors that go into writing a story. Unfortunately for many writers (myself included), we become so focused on the storyline that our characters get kicked to the side. We forget that without quality characters, a story can’t live up to its potential. Here are some ways to make […]

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Meeting Melissa De la Cruz

By Megan Standley On April 16 students from Missouri Western State University, home of the Mochila Review, had the opportunity to meet an incredible woman: #1 New York Time’s Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz. De la Cruz came to talk about her experience in the publishing field. The students who work on Mochila Review […]

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Favorite Authors

By Megan Standley Everyone has their favorite authors (or maybe just one favorite author) and, hopefully, the writer that’s inside you will lead you to be someone else’s favorite author. Some have a list of favorites so big that it would take years to tell who their favorite author is. I am one of those […]

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Should Song Lyrics Be Considered Poetry

By: Megan Standley Songs have been with us as long as poetry and prose but should the lyrics of songs be considered poetry? There are many different genres within the category of songs – my personal favorite genre is classical – each with a unique style. Rap is a good example of poetry. It’s basically […]

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What Does It Take to be an Author?

By Megan Standley   If you’ve ever loved to write then you probably dreamed of publishing a novel for the world to enjoy. It’s rather easy (so they tell us), and all you have to do is write. You don’t really need a diploma to become an author.   There are singers, actors, and internet […]

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Incorporate Emotions into Your Writing: Fear

By Megan Standley Who doesn’t enjoy a good horror story? Wait, you don’t? I guess that’s too bad for you! Most of the best stories cause us to be afraid. However, these stories don’t have to be horror stories. The fear of your story never being published will motivate you to get the story just […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Anger

By Megan Standley Anger seems to be the only emotion that anyone feels nowadays. Whether it be from politics or a bad day. Anger, of course, can be a really good outlet for bottled up stress and bad thoughts, but it’s not as acceptable as emotions like sadness.   So, say you need to have […]

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