The past

The past catches up to me,hands me an old file,and walks away without saying a word. It takes a while for me to open the file,not wanting memories to take overand leave me unproductive for the night. But when I do, I fall to my knees.Pain, joy, terror, love, disappointment, and reliefall swarm me, taking … Continue reading The past

POV talk: 3rd person

There are many POVs with questions surrounding all of them. I want to break them all down and discuss the biggest concerns in different posts. Today, I'll talk about 3rd person POV. 3rd person 3rd person has the most variety out of all POVs. There are three types: 3rd omniscient, 3rd objective, and 3rd limited. … Continue reading POV talk: 3rd person

Common writer mistakes #14

#14 — Misusing commas I've done one of these on commas before. I had talked about using commas to continuously add information to a sentence. But I haven't talked about when to use a comma and when not to. Commas are complicated. What tends to get overlooked with them though is independent clauses and dependent … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #14

Common writer mistakes #13

#13 — Dialogue tags vs action tags Dialogue tags can be tricky. But they're easy to understand after knowing the difference between them and actions tags. Dialogue tags show who's speaking and how they're speaking. These can include but are not limited to: BeggedExclaimedGrumbledSaidScreamedShriekedSnappedSneeredSqueakedWhisperedYelled Dialogue tags are formatted with a comma before the quotation, and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #13

3 questions to build your characters’ voices

One of my favorite panels from DV Con was about voice. The presenters brought up many powerful points. They mentioned questions to ask about your main character (MC). Preferably, you'd ask these questions before you begin writing. But if you're like me, you don't know your characters as well on the first draft, so this … Continue reading 3 questions to build your characters’ voices

Common writer mistakes #12

#12 — Not using plain language Recently, I've seen some writers try to up their vocabulary. It feels as if they’re opening a thesaurus and writing the words they find down. Some of these words include specific plant or animal names, scientific words, uncommon verbs, etc. Grackle. Fervent. Reveille. Ostentatious. Imbibes. But it's better to … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #12

Common writer mistakes #11

#11 — Different types of dashes In writing, there are three main dashes you come across: a hyphen (-), an en dash (–), and an em dash (—). I've seen writers confuse them all the time. However, these are easy fixes. It's all about understanding the difference between them. A hyphen (-) is the most … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #11

Common writer mistakes #10

#10 — Adding too many commas Lately, I've had a few authors use commas to add detail after detail onto a sentence. But they don't realize how jam-packed the sentence becomes. Here are two fictional examples: Laurence came through the door, looking for answers, looking for something to turn his path around, and looking for … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #10

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 Laurencia see the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

Common writer mistakes #8

#8 — The Words Feel and Felt No matter what POV you write in, you’re going to come across the words feel or felt at some point. When I edit novels or when I edit my own work, I find a lot of feels and felts. These words are sometimes glossed over without realizing the potential that could be brought to your … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #8