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?
#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, I get … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #6
Over the years, I've read hundreds of novels and short stories. One mistake sticks out the most: showing the story instead of telling it. Telling is when a writer states their story rather than shows it through the details. An example would be: There was mist over the lake. Showing your story is when actions describe what's … Continue reading #1 writing mistake