6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Editors are essential. It's important to communicate some information with them though when y’all first talk. Here are six things to keep in mind: Word count, not page count Knowing how many pages there are isn't as helpful as one might think. There is the general standard that every page is about 250 words. But … Continue reading 6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Best way to show instead of tell

Showing instead of telling is difficult. Most of the time, it's hard to think of how to show something. I forgot who gave me this writing tip, but it's one of the best ones I know: show through action. Or, in other words, show through your character interacting with the world. Here's an example: It … Continue reading Best way to show instead of tell

Common writer mistakes #13

#13 — Dialogue tags vs action tags Dialogue tags can be tricky. But they're easy to understand after knowing the difference between them and actions tags. Dialogue tags show who's speaking and how they're speaking. These can include but are not limited to: BeggedExclaimedGrumbledSaidScreamedShriekedSnappedSneeredSqueakedWhisperedYelled Dialogue tags are formatted with a comma before the quotation, and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #13

Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

Query advice from literary agents

I attended a Zoom meeting with literary agents awhile back. They mentioned many good tips, and I'd like to share some of them. Here's a run down of what they said: What they wish writers knew Takes time to hear back. They can have up to 2,000 queries at one time, so it may take … Continue reading Query advice from literary agents

3 tips to spice up your dialogue

Dialogue is critical. It's not necessary—many stories don't have it—but in stories where it's present, it needs to flow and keep the story going. That can be hard though. Small talk keeps the story still. Sometimes dialogue can feel like an info dump. So, how do we keep it interesting? Goals Give every character a goal—usually … Continue reading 3 tips to spice up your dialogue

When to tell instead of show

We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how you use it. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers understand when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts … Continue reading When to tell instead of show

Daily dose of writing motivation

Sometimes we hear voices in our heads and write them down. Or an idea that no one could've ever thought of comes to us. We create something out of nothing. And it's okay if today isn't a writing day for you. You don't have to write every day, week, or month to be a writer. … Continue reading Daily dose of writing motivation

3 questions to build your characters’ voices

One of my favorite panels from DV Con was about voice. The presenters brought up many powerful points. They mentioned questions to ask about your main character (MC). Preferably, you'd ask these questions before you begin writing. But if you're like me, you don't know your characters as well on the first draft, so this … Continue reading 3 questions to build your characters’ voices