3 tips on writing characters

I attended a webinar the other day about tips for writing characters. I thought I'd share the main tips they talked about. Show the adjectives Instead of saying, "Josalyn is caring," show how she's caring. Does she take care of a child? Is she always there for others? Does she risk herself to save her … Continue reading 3 tips on writing characters

Common writer mistakes #9

Welcome back to another Common Writer Mistakes! This time is over: #9 - Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

Book review – Boy Oh Boy (Spoiler Free)

"You decide to order a new boyfriend. You don't exactly need a new boyfriend, not yet. Your old one is just fine. Sure, he's running a little hot these days, his fan whirs a little loudly, his memory a little slower than you would find on new models. But in all the particulars, he's serviceable." … Continue reading Book review – Boy Oh Boy (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)

“I picture the shark's grotesque face. I see her trying to wring the life out of Ailesse. She isn't majestic like the alpine ibex or beautiful like the peregrine falcon. She isn't even charming like the fire salamander. I won't mourn to see her dead. But does that mean she deserves to die?” Title: Bone … Continue reading Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)

How does a book become a book? – part three

If you missed the first two parts, here's part one and part two. #5 - Making your marketing plans Look at where you can submit your book to win awards. (I suggest the Writer's Market book for this. They list many places you can to submit to. They also come out with an updated version … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part three

How does a book become a book? – part two

If you missed part one or need a recap, it's here. #3 - Editing your manuscript Don't panic, but this can take many rounds. Editing a book is difficult, and sometimes minds will disagree. You're about to dig deep into your work. How is your dialogue? Believable? Does your character's motivations seem valid, true to … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part two

How does a book become a book? – part one

Books become books in different ways, but they usually take the same general path. But how does that work? Here's a general sense from a manuscript to a book in hand. #1 - Decide trade vs self-publishing If you want to go into trade publishing, your next step is to get a literary agent. Once … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part one

Happy 3 year anniversary!

Happy three years! I can't believe it has been three years since I started this blog. It feels like I've been doing this for a while but not three years. This blog has grown so much as well! I never expected to have over 11,000 views in one year. Already, for 2020, I'm blowing last … Continue reading Happy 3 year anniversary!

First lines given – #9

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Innerdialects! She said: I decided to go in a different direction than I normally go in. Here's the result: It seemed like a good start. It had that edge, that … Continue reading First lines given – #9

Book review – You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation

“My hope is that you'll come to see art as something made by human beings and that you, being human, can make, too. Thankfully, art isn't like the other disciplines. There is no set of knowledge of list of techniques that one can master to become an artist. It's a state of mind, and it's … Continue reading Book review – You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation