One of the greatest mistakes

I've mentioned that beta readers are useful on here before, which most of them are. But some can be harmful. A beta reader edited my novel a couple of years ago. He didn't read through it all though, but instead tore it apart and asked me to write it again. I thought through his advice … Continue reading One of the greatest mistakes

Character names

The other day, Hank Green made a video, answering questions about his new book. I paused the video at one point, because he said something about writing characters that is so true. "You put in a placeholder and that becomes their name. And you can't ever change it because you cannot imagine that character having a … Continue reading Character names

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that’s the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying “I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” – Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes… Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

Tips for self-publishing

Self-publishing allows writers to publish anything they want. But marketing is harder. That said, here's some tips to help self-published books be more marketable: 1) Make sure your manuscript is perfect Hiring a professional editor is the best way to go. It can be a lot of money, but it's a huge turnoff to find … Continue reading Tips for self-publishing

Not acceptable stories

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publishing companies don't accept "cliché" ideas since it's harder to market stories. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves Mermaids Character waking up at the beginning … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Battles with the word “said”

Many writers love the word “said.” They use it for every dialogue tag they can. But writers can overuse “said.” Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand it, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include: Announced Boasted Commented … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”

Fancy words

Fernweh. Solivagant. Paracosm. The words sound great, but what do they mean? Writers come across this issue at times. Most of us are logophiles, which means we love words almost too much. We like interesting words that no one knows about. We fall in love with these words, but then we want to write them … Continue reading Fancy words

Writing exposure help

The writing world can feel disconnected. We sit in a room and edit by ourselves, wishing for the best. But we can't get our stories out there if we don't have at least a few more conversations than that. One of the best ways I've found to connect with other writers is through Facebook groups. In … Continue reading Writing exposure help

First impressions for days

You got one chance and you can't throw away your shot. Everyone's watching the stage. It doesn't matter if it's a song, movie, play, or novel, a first impression needs to be top notch. If you don't catch the audience's attention in the first few minutes, you might not at all. There's a couple of … Continue reading First impressions for days

2018 writing goals

Welcome to 2018 everyone! With a new year comes new goals. I'm one to start the new goals, but never quite one to remember them. So, hopefully writing them all down - or at least writing my writing goals down - will help. Get another Beta Reader As I've mentioned here before, beta readers are an … Continue reading 2018 writing goals