Last week I shared 6 ways to spot melodrama in your writing. This week we are going to talk about some tips for cutting melodrama. First, here’s a quick refresher of the definition: Melodrama [noun]: drama in which many exciting events happen and the characters have very strong or exaggerated emotions ________________ The kindest thing you can do […]
Happy first day of May! In college, I took a course called “Writing Fiction & Poetry.” It was one of the first times I can remember actually exploring writing prompts and crafting short stories and then getting peer and professor feedback. The class was fun and challenging, and I learned a lot. I’ll never forget what […]
I don’t think I’ve written anything about children’s books on this blog yet, and I’d like to. At the publishing company I used to work for, I was actually the leader of a children’s book editing team at one point. This topic will not apply to many of you, but then again who knows? You […]
I’m reading The Help right now. Well, okay actually I’m listening to the audio book. Yesterday there was a scene where a character was going over to another character’s house to talk. The scene was tense, awkward, and even a bit suspenseful because we weren’t sure what was going to happen during the conversation. As I listened, […]
The publishing industry is a hard, hard place. Rejection is a daily occurrence for most aspiring authors, and it can be discouraging to pour your heart and soul into a manuscript, only to have it cast aside as if it’s nothing. One way to decrease your chances of rejection is to have an amazing query […]
Hello! Earlier this week, I was honored to have the opportunity to guest post on one of my favorite writing and editing sites, Write It Sideways! I wrote a guest post on 3 Pitfalls of Foreshadowing, which you find by clicking –>here <–. Head on over and let me know what you think! Happy Friday!
Who is your target audience? This is a question I ask authors when I start working on their book, and all too often I get an answer that sounds something like this: Everyone. Everyone. So, your book will be loved by all, from a five-year-old to a ninety-year-old? Male and female? Fantasy and non-fiction lover? […]