Common writer mistakes #20

#20 — Small, repeating phrases Sometimes, small phrases end up repeating themselves. But if they're shortened, that will tighten up the story's prose. Here are some examples: Climbed up -> Climbed If you climb something, you're usually going up toward the top. So, can drop up and leave climbed by itself. I climbed up the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #20

Is it to lie or to lay?

Lay, lie, laying, lain, etc. always get mixed up. It's hard to keep them straight since they're so similar. So, I'm going to break them down with some examples that'll hopefully clear everything up. Lay To lay means to put or set something down. The character has a thing in their hand and places it … Continue reading Is it to lie or to lay?

The sad truth (haiku)

Yearning for the dayWe don't have to fight to liveAnd can be ourselves Perhaps I'm just waiting for the world to turn upside down.

First lines given – #10

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 Jaya! She said: I absolutely love this first line. Here we go: And the gale came shrieking like a woman mourning the loss of her man, but you welcomed it … Continue reading First lines given – #10

Writing is hard…

Writing is hard and complex, because it's as subjective as it gets. Sometimes, someone will see the magic in what you wrote. Other times, no one will quite understand what's on the page. It's okay either way. But it's difficult for writers to see it like that. Sour reviews or rejections can make one almost … Continue reading Writing is hard…

Should we keep writing ideas written down?

I have my own stash of writing ideas hidden away, but it's like I'm storing them for nothing. I don't even think I've looked at my journal ideas for over a year now. I check the ones on Pinterest every once in a while, but sometimes that's even is rare. It's like I find all … Continue reading Should we keep writing ideas written down?

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

It’s THAT time of year again

The emails are coming in! The ideas are getting written down. Oh, the time of the year where everything seems to be rushing on a time clock. There isn't much time left, but there's so much to do. And, gosh, it's almost November already? It's about time to write a novel on top of that! … Continue reading It’s THAT time of year again