Should we write what we read?

They say to write what you read, but I think that confines us in a way. If we only write what we read, must we always read something we love? I'd only read fantasy/sci-fi then, never knowing any nonfiction or poetry much. I'd limit myself the number of stories I dive into. My world would … Continue reading Should we write what we read?

Book review – The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (Spoiler Free)

“Even if you haven't formally studied English grammar, you know countless aspects of grammar as an English speaker. You would never say or write "I are hungrily very," no matter how many hours had passed since your last meal. Not all questions of grammar are that simple, of course, but many tangles are easily resolved … Continue reading Book review – The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (Spoiler Free)

Quiet now, pay attention

My university is always quiet when people leave and that’s when you notice things. You’ll find broken, empty branches, hiding behind the leaves. Or the discolored rock that has been there for at least five years and will be there for another ten. You’ll notice black paint peeling off the railing because the school only … Continue reading Quiet now, pay attention

Want to write great characters?

I found a great quote about writing characters on Pinterest the other day. "Something I recently learned about writing is that a character should never stop feeling flawed. It doesn't matter how much (positive) development they go through, a realistic character doesn't completely erase their flaws at the end of the story, and that's okay! You're never … Continue reading Want to write great characters?

Meet other writers and get connections

Writing is an isolated lifestyle since most of it happens alone. But making connections and getting yourself out there is a key for writers. One of the best ways to meet other writers/editors is at conferences. At conferences, you can learn new concepts and understand your craft better. You'll also get to meet a variety … Continue reading Meet other writers and get connections

Why do I want to know about their failures?

During author interviews, many people ask about the final product. They ask about where the book idea came from or how the writer became a writer. But I'd rather know more about how the writer failed. Did any characters disappear in later drafts? Did any scenes get cut? If so, which? Why? Were any scenes added? … Continue reading Why do I want to know about their failures?

Writing adverbs

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” - Stephen King Adverbs are some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for some writers. Though it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate your story and … Continue reading Writing adverbs