#18 — When to start new paragraphs Deciding where to start a new paragraph is important. Readers can get confused or lost if everything’s all in one. So, I made a list of the top three reasons to start a new one. Who's speaking changes If a different character talks, start a new paragraph. Having … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #18
As a writer looking for editing services, prices can get confusing. Every editor charges something different for many reasons. They have a variety of needs and bills to cover. They also have different levels of experience. Plus, it's not like everyone can edit at the same speed. Some editors are faster than others, and some … Continue reading How much does editing cost?
I've noticed recently that I haven't reviewed a book that I don't like on this blog before. I have a few reasons for avoiding that. I'm afraid of being too negative. I don't want to trash a work of art that I know the writer spent years on. I don't want to act as if … Continue reading Bad book reviews
At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. The rejected queries all had repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common ones: Misspellings One writer wrote aknolegments instead of acknowledgements. Spelling, especially in the writing career, is essential. … Continue reading Common query mistakes
Many creative people are afraid to release their work. Which seems strange at the same time. We create this being—a book or an album or a painting or so—for the world to see. We design something new all together, knowing someone will see it one day. But that's the exact concept we're afraid of. This … Continue reading The truth about artists’ fear
“I'd been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents' tragedy” Title: Fun Home: A Family TragicomicAuthor: Alison BechdelGenre: NonfictionPages: 232Publication date: June 5, 2007Publisher: Mariner Books Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic may be known as a great musical, but it all started as an interesting comic book. It's about … Continue reading Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)
The last day of class was usually the day everyone bolts out the door when possible, but us writers stayed in our seats instead. “I’m just gonna talk about some publishing things for people who are interested,” our teacher repeated. I always called him Turtle, because he’s old, wise, and talks so slow. “You're not … Continue reading Journey to publish
As writers, we all need great books in our lives. Here’s some of the best books I know with synopses from Goodreads: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 4.33 rating When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something … Continue reading Best of the best so far in 2017