#6 — Unnecessary details The plot is coming along. We're getting to an important moment — but wait! I forgot to mention something. Let me write it down, because it's important. But now the reader is wondering why I stopped the story to describe something in the middle of the chapter. As a writer myself, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #6
#4 — Common misused words We type a word. It’s spelled correctly. Microsoft Word isn’t flagging it either. It sounds right too! But I love that Disney fairy tail doesn’t quite look right. It can get more complicated than that. There are long lists of words we think we know, but we don’t. Or we … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #4
Sometimes using the term "freelance editor" makes the job seem easier than it actually is. Carefree. Simple. But it's more like running a small business than anything else. Freelancers have tax assessments to do, cliental to keep up with, projects to handle, breaks to plan, money to manage, etc. It's not something people think about … Continue reading “Freelancer” or another title?
“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
To be a great writer, someone has to get upset with your work. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But it’s true. All famous writers, including J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, and John Green, have made some reviewers angry before. One well-known author, Rudyard Kipling, had a review say: “...you just don’t know how to use the … Continue reading Healthy reminder:
Writers explore the Internet during some of our breaks. We may end up starting chats or finding funny photos or looking up the specific type of the metal people used in the mid 1800s and how dangerous it could be. I love finding writing photos on Pinterest. I decided to share some of my favorites … Continue reading Writing photos
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”
Not everyone in the world speaks one language, so sometimes your characters shouldn’t either. I read more books with mix languages these days. They don’t have descriptions or scenery in another language, but they do have small common phrases. Some characters do this because they’re not from an English speaking country and it’s natural to … Continue reading Using foreign languages in stories