Have you ever heard from your critique group or beta readers that your manuscript needs to be rewritten because it isn’t “character driven?” What is a character driven story? It can be very frustrating to pour your heart and soul
In a hole under the stairs there lived an author. Do I have you interested? Having an effective opening line is an important part of every book and can be a determining factor in the tone and shape of a
So, you’re writing a chapter of your novel and your cat just won’t stop climbing on your keyboard. We’ve all been in situations where a distraction keeps us from finishing a task, like my two cats keeping me from writing
How do you know what point of view to choose when writing a story, book, or even a school essay? Is there a right or wrong answer? What are the differences between points of view? In college you’re almost always
So, you have presented your manuscript to your writers’ group or asked beta readers for their opinions and had your turn receiving feedback. Now it’s time to give your own feedback to someone else. What is the best way to
So you have written your manuscript and have finally put enough polish into it to be ready to hand it off to beta readers. After all, beta feedback is a vital part of the editing process and a crucial must
We’ve all listened to speakers with a weak voice. They ramble on, speaking in generic terms and meaningless words. They don’t grip us with emotion. They lose focus and go off on rabbit trails using more words to say less.
Don’t sack off and be a skiver when you’re editing! (Say what?!) I think it’s pretty easy to tell when you’re reading a bunch of slang that doesn’t fit the context of the cultural dialect to which you are accustomed.
How many times have you heard this? Some well-meaning person tries to give you writing advice that seems to be sage wisdom handed down from the gods at some point in history—advice that on the surface appears to make sense
It’s all about speed Are you a competitive person? Do you thrive in your writing when you know you are conquering goals or besting others in writing progress? Sprints may be something you enjoy doing! No, I don’t mean lacing