A Study in Best-Selling First Sentences (part 2)

As I thought about what I wanted to write about in today’s post, I remembered a post I wrote almost a year ago: “A Study of Best-Selling First Sentences.” In that post, I listed a number of popular books from the NYT best seller list along with their first sentence (or two), and then I suggested […]

Melodrama [Part 2 of 2]: 5 Tips for Cutting

  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 […]

Tips for Writing Children’s Books: Animals as Main Characters

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 […]