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
With all the crazy twists and turns my own writing career has taken lately, I don’t have the luxury of writing posts regularly. I’m planning a new showdown post on Yarny vs. LitLift, which I’ll write when I have time (and am not already sick of typing), but in the meantime I’ll try to keep … More 5 Ways to Save Money On Self-Publishing–Curated Post
A few years ago, I found myself staring tensely at my computer screen, fingers hovering over the keyboard as I wrestled with a problem that every conservative writer must face when trying to keep fiction realistic. One of my characters was going to swear. And I did not want to write a swear word. What … More Sex, Swearing, and What You Don’t Want to Write
This is probably going to be my last post of 2014, so I thought it would be a good time to give a shout-out to my top ten posts of the year and announce a few goodies at the end of this particular post. Let’s start with number ten! 10: Almighty Internet: Your Novel’s … More Top Ten Posts of 2014
The literary community and the general public seem to be split down the middle when it comes to genres, and as writers we’re stuck in the middle. Your college professors might have lectured on the importance of avoiding genres if you want your writing to be taken seriously… but your non-writing friends can’t wait to … More Genres: Good? Bad? Neither?
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
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
There is one mistake that I have seen over and over again when proofreading for other people or reviewing my own drafts. It is a very small mistake, and one that–if you know how to find it–can be obliterated completely from your novel in just a few minutes… but it’s hard to catch when you … More Ten Words That Will Keep You From Getting Published
Believe it or not, March 4 is the great annual holiday, National Grammar Day! That means that editing today has a special target: grammar!