October 9, 2019

In our last article, we talked about some commonly misused words and how to use them correctly. Today, we’ll be discussing phrases that are often used incorrectly. As with misused words, the two common ways phrases don’t come across the way they’re intended are meaning and execution.

When the meaning...

July 1, 2019

Much of the writing I do is very character-driven. Therefore, my goal is that readers will connect with my protagonist. I want my protagonist to come alive, for their thoughts and actions to jump off the page and draw readers in. Ultimately, I want my readers to feel like they are the protagonist....

June 1, 2019

Writing advice is abundant. There will always be bloggers, writers, Youtubers, podcasters, etc. who will try to bombard you with writing advice. (This includes me!) However, as with all pieces of advice, there are definitely tips you should take with a grain of salt. 

First tip: Write every day.

When...

April 2, 2019

Today, in the first of a two-article grammar series, we'll break down some commonly misused words. Words can be used incorrectly when they are mistaken for other words or when they're simply used other than the way they were intended.

Mixed-up words

These are words that look and/or sound like each oth...

February 28, 2019

Over the past couple of months we've discussed extensively how to edit your work, questions you should ask during your first read-through, and how to decide whether to keep a scene. Today we'll discuss one of the scariest parts of writing: getting feedback. Specifically, we're going to talk about cr...

February 15, 2019

One of the best pieces of advice you'll hear is this: to be an excellent writer, you must first learn to kill your darlings. Most writers refer to flowery turns of phrase when they say this, but this advice applies to larger chunks of writing as well. Sometimes the darling you must kill is an entire...

January 30, 2019

Self-editing is the hardest part of the novel-writing process for most of us, but it's one you can't afford to skip if you want to become a successful author. Your self-edits transform the messy first draft into something beta readers will actually enjoy. They'll also make things much easier for you...

January 15, 2019

In 2018 you wrote a novel, and in 2019 you have a new, even more terrifying goal: to edit that novel into something worth publishing. You know the first step is to reread the first draft, so you've printed it out (or at least moved it to an ebook reader so you can look at it with a fresh perspective...

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