How I Wrote my First Novel

Many people set out to write a novel and never finish it. Even though publishing my book seems far away, I should feel proud that I’m not one of those people. It was a lot of work and it took me a lot of time, but I finished. I now have a completed novel that… Read more »

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

What’s it like to be Puerto Rican?

Living in Germany for the past four years has taught me a lot about what it’s like to be Puerto Rican. Even though I haven’t lived on the island since 2007, the plantain stain, or mancha de pl├ítano, is in me, no matter how much I try to hide it. Many people don’t know much… Read more »


How to Use Feedback to Improve your Writing

Last month, I gave some tips on how to give useful feedback to a writer. Today, I want to talk about how to receive that feedback and use it to make your work better. Receiving critical feedback is hard. You’ve worked hard on your manuscript, and now someone tells you all the reasons why it… Read more »


How to Give Useful Feedback to a Writer

All writers receive the same advice: you need to seek feedback on your work. It’s the only way to become a better writer. Starting out, I didn’t know any other writers, so I joined the online community Scribophile. For those of you who are not familiar with it, in order to post your work for… Read more »