Common writer mistakes #5

Welcome back to another Common Writer Mistakes! This time is over: #5 - Misusing hyphens Besides the "gray" with an a vs "grey" with an e battle, there's one common spelling error that I've noticed while editing: hyphens. Sometimes writers believe the word needs a hyphen when it doesn't. Or they forget the hyphen when … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #5

What writers submit queries and when?

Some writers have to their work completed and edited before submitting a query to an agent. But not all writers. Sound weird? There are two main genres that define how a writer publishes their work in the traditional route: non-fiction and fiction. Fiction queries are the kind of queries that everyone hears about. You finish … Continue reading What writers submit queries and when?

A writer’s journey (part eight) – blogging, more research, and twitter

It has been a while since I’ve written one of these. I’ve been meaning to, but my busy schedule took control for a little bit. I have three topics in the title, because I’ve seen the most growth in these areas. Let’s go one by one. Blogging As I mentioned here before, my blog has … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part eight) – blogging, more research, and twitter

Common writer mistakes #4

#4 - Common misused words We type a single word. It's spelled correctly. Microsoft Word isn't flagging it either. It sounds right too! But 'I love that Disney fairy tail' doesn't quite sound right. It can get more complicated than that. There are long lists of words that we think we know but we don't. … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #4

I asked for poetry advice once and…

I asked for poetry advice once. Gave out a few poems. Out of the two that answered, only one responded. What I got was: "Read more poetry books." I've read poetry, but I asked for a critique. So, I only assumed that my work was terrible. A disaster. I'm not sure what else to think … Continue reading I asked for poetry advice once and…

Common writer mistakes #3

#3 - Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. "Please, Elie," I begged. "You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please." See how the 'please' is repeated? It didn't seem to overdo the dialogue, because it was separated out by two full sentences. It felt smooth, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3

Some NaNoWriMo advice

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice

What to do if your writing/art frustrates you

I've noticed that when things get hard, some people shut down. They don't like the chapter they wrote, so they get so frustrated that they can't do anything. Or perhaps they are struggling to find the perfect word with twenty dictionary tabs open. Their foot taps at a hundred beats per minute while their mind … Continue reading What to do if your writing/art frustrates you

Common writer mistakes #2

Back again for #2! #2 - Vagueness for tension I wanted to talk about vagueness today. A novel I edited kept saying "him" and "his death" for twenty or so pages before actually explaining who he was. Instead of feeling a sense of curiosity, I felt more confused. I kept wondering who he was and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #2

What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)