Character Arcs: When You Don’t Need Them

Think of Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol. Imagine the end, after Scrooge has reformed, if a few changes were made. Let’s say Bob Cratchit insists on working on Christmas anyway because throughout the story he has been hardened by his life and now sees no reason to go back. When Scrooge surprises his nephew, … More Character Arcs: When You Don’t Need Them

How to Re-Write Your Novel–without Losing Your Sanity (Curated Post)

A personal note: re-writing is currently the hardest, most diabolical part of the writing process for me. It feels like I’m stabbing my baby in the gut… over and over again. Like I’m trashing all my ideas and everything I worked so hard on while drafted. I can spend hours writing a segment only to … More How to Re-Write Your Novel–without Losing Your Sanity (Curated Post)

Grammarly Review: Automatic Proofreader

Please vote for my novel, The Grim Reaper: And Company! on Kindle Scout here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB I recently told my husband that for every hour I spend writing, I spend three more editing. It’s a rough guess–I spend much more on some areas and less in others, but as a rule, I don’t especially enjoy editing. That’s why I … More Grammarly Review: Automatic Proofreader

Self Editing Tips to Benefit Writers – Curated Post

If you’re self-publishing, self-editing can be a strong temptation. It’s fast, simple and free–which you really can’t get anywhere else. But it has its problems as well, especially when you get beyond the technical aspects and focus on the overall quality of your writing. This article from eBookIssues.com offers several incredibly useful tips for tackling … More Self Editing Tips to Benefit Writers – Curated Post

10 Facts about Your Fantasy Universe (You Don’t Know Yet)

One of the most challenging parts of writing in the fantasy genre is creating the universe. You could spend years designing the cultures and backgrounds to your novel before putting pen to paper, but you need to monitor the world constantly to keep it as consistent, full, and detailed as possible while keeping it grounded … More 10 Facts about Your Fantasy Universe (You Don’t Know Yet)

Why Your Readers Will Never Know You’re A Bad Writer

Song, poetry, and regional or foreign accents are only a few of the tough calls you have to make in the process of writing a novel. Do you include them or don’t you dare? Little effects and “writing within writing” can bring your imaginary world to life that much more, but it can also give … More Why Your Readers Will Never Know You’re A Bad Writer

Advanced Rules for Punctuation in Creative Writing

There are lots of punctuation guides out there, but in creative writing there is more than just correct grammar at stake. Your tone as a writer, the voice you give your characters, the feel that readers get when they open your novel can be dramatically altered depending on how you use punctuation. I’m entering the … More Advanced Rules for Punctuation in Creative Writing

12 Writing Mistakes I Wish You’d Stop Making

Here’s my confession for the day: I have, on multiple occasions, publicly defaced restaurant menus and posters that have spelling or punctuation errors on them. Not typos, but errors that show a blatant misunderstanding and abuse of the English language. What’s worse is that I sometimes commit the same crimes myself. I’m neck deep in … More 12 Writing Mistakes I Wish You’d Stop Making

Is My Novel any Good? -And Other Questions to Ask

Editing a novel is a dauntless task, and it’s easy to feel lost when surrounded by swarms of problems about your book. Is your writing any good? What about the story? Will the readers take you seriously? Are you too boring? Some people shut their novels away after finishing a rough draft because they have … More Is My Novel any Good? -And Other Questions to Ask

Destroy Stereotypes in Your Writing with One Trick

The tricky thing about stereotypes is that you often don’t even realize you’re using them. They’re formed by your surroundings and your general views of the world around you. Logically, it can be easy to understand that not all business men are hard-nosed and not all African Americans live in the ghettos and are associated … More Destroy Stereotypes in Your Writing with One Trick