11 editing tips from a professional

At the ACES conference, one session had many editing tips for editors and writers. Here are some: Check all quotations (to see if it is a verified source) Don't ignore your inner voice (when it says something's wrong) Omit needless words Favor active voice (because we need passive voice sometimes) Edit out loud Advice is … Continue reading 11 editing tips from a professional

Different type of heroes

The older I get, the more I enjoy stories without that "fairytale" ending. Instead, they're more realistic. The "hero" becomes damaged by what he or she had to do. There's no simple life anymore. Everything has changed. Even if the overall is better, there's no perfect way to save everything. We ask this question all … Continue reading Different type of heroes

Want to write great characters?

I found a great quote about writing characters on Pinterest the other day. "Something I recently learned about writing is that a character should never stop feeling flawed. It doesn't matter how much (positive) development they go through, a realistic character doesn't completely erase their flaws at the end of the story, and that's okay! You're never … Continue reading Want to write great characters?

Taking time off…

Taking time off can be fishy. You can want to take some time off for about a week and suddenly it's two months later. It's good to take time off; don't get me wrong. But it can also be dangerous. Time off is nice and pleasant. It's hard to get back into a working mood. … Continue reading Taking time off…

Keep on writing

A great writing quote I've found is from Octavia Bulter. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ― Octavia E. Butler Writing is a craft … Continue reading Keep on writing

Three important items to pack for a conference

The writing/editing conference season is kicking off! Some have already started, but some are coming up soon. Figuring out what to pack for these conferences can be tricky, because you never know who you're going to meet. So, here's a list of items to start your conference with: Notepads with pens It's easier to handwrite … Continue reading Three important items to pack for a conference

One day…

Just remember... We are one more day closer to getting our novel complete. We are one more day closer to publishing. We are one more day closer to becoming someone's favorite author. We can do this.

One of the greatest mistakes

I've mentioned that beta readers are useful on here before, which most of them are. But some can be harmful. A beta reader edited my novel a couple of years ago. He didn't read through it all though, but instead tore it apart and asked me to write it again. I thought through his advice … Continue reading One of the greatest mistakes

Friendly reminder for writers

If it's hard, it's worth it. Don't give up on your stories, your novels, your writing, or anything else. You got this.

Spark the story

Somedays, it’s hard to know what to write about. The inspirational genius inside shuts off and we don’t know what to do. But we have to write. Some thoughts could spark a story though, jumpstart our creativity. 1) Childhood memories Some childhood memories are more interesting than most. Perhaps you met a strange animal as … Continue reading Spark the story