A reminder for writers

The world goes by so quickly that it can seem like we haven't done much at all. As if the world accomplishes mountains while we take one step. But remember that everyone takes different paths. It doesn't matter if we get there when we're fifteen or fifty. It just matters that we get there at … Continue reading A reminder for writers

Good vs bad adverbs

Back in 2018, I did a post on adverbs that I need to expand on. I talked about how writers should use adverbs sparingly. Don't overcoat your work with them, because it slows your story down. But I never talked about the good vs bad adverbs. Bad adverbs are like smiled happily. Or fiercely killed … Continue reading Good vs bad adverbs

Common writer mistakes #9

#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 back away from Laurencia, careful not to let Laurenica see the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

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

Creative ways to promote your self-published book

At AWP, I ran into a lot of traditional publishing vs self-publishing. Self-publishing has some different perks and routes, especially when it comes to marketing. A few discussed their creative ways to market their book and themselves. When I say creative, I mean creative. They gave out some ideas that I had never even thought … Continue reading Creative ways to promote your self-published book

Common writer mistakes #5

#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 they actually need one. It could depend on how the writer … 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…