I asked for poetry advice once and…

I asked for poetry advice once. Gave out a few poems. Out of the two that answered, only one responded. What I got was: "Read more poetry books." I've read poetry, but I asked for a critique. So, I only assumed that my work was terrible. A disaster. I'm not sure what else to think … Continue reading I asked for poetry advice once and…

Common writer mistakes #3

#3 - Repeating words for emphasis In some cases, repeating words helps. "Please, Elie," I begged. "You have to do this. You know how much it means to me. Please." See how the 'please' is repeated? It didn't seem to overdo the dialogue, because it was separated out by two full sentences. It felt smooth, … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #3

NaNoWriMo update #3

Welcome back! The third full week of NaNoWriMo has passed! I almost don't believe that it's the end of November. I keep thinking that Thanksgiving is coming up but believing that it's still like two to three weeks away. NaNoWriMo has been easier again since my work flow (from that paying job) started going down. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update #3

Some NaNoWriMo advice

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be intense. If you've made it this far, congrats! Not everyone makes it. But I know the creative juices may seem sore or empty by this time. It can get hard to know what to type next. Well, here's some key points to remember: The story might not end … Continue reading Some NaNoWriMo advice

What to do if your writing/art frustrates you

I've noticed that when things get hard, some people shut down. They don't like the chapter they wrote, so they get so frustrated that they can't do anything. Or perhaps they are struggling to find the perfect word with twenty dictionary tabs open. Their foot taps at a hundred beats per minute while their mind … Continue reading What to do if your writing/art frustrates you

For your new literary agent

When searching for a literary agent, some people think about only their query letter. But usually agents ask for more. Synopsis Theses are not always the most fun, but they do point out your plot right off the back. Does it all flow together? Does it make sense? Is there a spot where it may … Continue reading For your new literary agent

Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

Lately with my busy schedule, I've perfected a new art form: skimming. I didn't mean to. I open a book with the intent to read every single word and get the most out of it. But sometimes I'm there for the story plot rather than the writing. The words on the page aren't as smooth … Continue reading Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss

Different types of editing: developmental

When you get into editing, you realize that there’s so many different types of editing. You can’t just say you’re an editor. Are you a developmental editor? Or line editor? Do you want to edit medical books or sci fi novels? An editor has to be as specific as possible to advertise themselves. The first … Continue reading Different types of editing: developmental

What I noticed after 5 sessions at an editing conference

It's strange when you think about how words matter the most to us, but yet we don't talk. We sit still by ourselves. Where's the best place to see without people nearby? We pull out our laptops, phones, and anything else we can distract ourselves with. I mean, we're surrounded by our people yet we … Continue reading What I noticed after 5 sessions at an editing conference

11 editing tips from a professional

At the ACES conference, one session had many editing tips for editors and writers. Here are some: Check all quotations (to see if it is a verified source) Don't ignore your inner voice (when it says something's wrong) Omit needless words Favor active voice (because we need passive voice sometimes) Edit out loud Advice is … Continue reading 11 editing tips from a professional