NaNoWriMo in February?

Have you ever thought about doing NaNoWriMo during another month? Or even choosing your own month for it? (NaNoWriMo, if you don't know, stands for National Novel Writing Month. It's when writers get together to write a novel — or 50,000 words — in November.) NaNoWriMo is at the start of a busy season itself. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo in February?

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

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

Common writer mistakes #2

Back again for #2! #2 - Vagueness for tension I wanted to talk about vagueness today. A novel I edited kept saying "him" and "his death" for twenty or so pages before actually explaining who he was. Instead of feeling a sense of curiosity, I felt more confused. I kept wondering who he was and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #2

It’s THAT time of year again

The emails are coming in! The ideas are getting written down. Oh, the time of the year where everything seems to be rushing on a time clock. There isn't much time left, but there's so much to do. And, gosh, it's almost November already? It's about time to write a novel on top of that! … Continue reading It’s THAT time of year again

Writers are magical

Even in a room full of editors, I was an incognito writer. It's easy to tell a writer from anything else. We think a bit...differently. Our minds stretch in directions that no one else can see. We see the way the world works, turn it a bit, and then write that down. We see a … Continue reading Writers are magical

A place to find writing ideas

I'm not a big fan of social media, but I do get on Pinterest a lot. What I've found lately is some random writing ideas. They could be from pictures of someone's tumblr asking for representation or just a funny picture I saw. Sometimes it could be a writing aspect to practice or something I had … Continue reading A place to find writing ideas

What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

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