Common writer mistakes #12

#12 — Not using plain language Recently, I've seen writers try to up their vocabulary. Sometimes, it feels as if they open a thesaurus and write the words they find down. But as science shows, it's actually better to use plain language. Some of these words include specific plant or animal names, scientific words, uncommon … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #12

How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

On a recent writer's journey post, I mentioned that I keep track of my poems, but I didn't explain how. So, today, I'm going to show how I do that. Here's a basic rundown of what an empty template looks like: You can do this in Microsoft Word or Excel. I prefer Word. I make … Continue reading How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

Book review – I Would Leave Me If I Could (Spoiler Free)

The average baby weighs 8 pounds.I weighed 5.The average baby is 20 inches long.I was 14.And it was on my first day on Earththat I realized I didn't measure up, and I never would. Title: I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of PoetryAuthor: HalseyGenre: PoetryPages: 144 pagesPublication date: November 10, 2020 I've … Continue reading Book review – I Would Leave Me If I Could (Spoiler Free)

Is “said” worthless?

In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?

Common writer mistakes #8

#8 — The Words "Felt" and "Feel" No matter what POV you write in, you're going to come across the word felt or feel at some point. These words are sometimes glossed over without realizing the potential that could be brought to the story if you write without them. Let me give an example. "He … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #8

Using pop culture as a writing release

At AWP, I went to a panel that spoke about how writers used pop culture in their published work. They'd write as if they were the characters themselves or at least in that fictional universe. Some were fun and silly, but it was also a way for them to develop and understand their feelings towards … Continue reading Using pop culture as a writing release

Brave to mention (haikus)

i. They knew the kind youBut I knew you when your handsShouted your anger ii. My words could repeatYour actions but no one wouldBelieve a small mouse Copyright © Robin LeeAnn

Common writer mistakes #6

#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 to describe something in the middle of the chapter. As a writer myself, I get … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #6

Book review – Fate of Flames (Spoiler Free)

“Belle let her body sink into the settee, twisting so she could peer over the edge of the railing and into the field. What did she see when she cast her gaze over the thicket of trees silhouetted in the night? What was she looking for with those eyes that had suddenly lost what little … Continue reading Book review – Fate of Flames (Spoiler Free)