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, […]
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? […]
Sometimes a book can be well written and have an interesting plot and characters but still be boring. Why is that? Shouldn’t a well-written, interesting book be, well, interesting? Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and most often the solution comes down to cutting unnecessary narration, which is what I’m going to focus on in this […]
Hello! I’ve got a quick spelling check for you on grammar tip Tuesday. This is something I see a lot when I edit, so hopefully this will help you for the future. Everyday vs. Every day Many people want to confuse these two words, but it’s important to be aware that there is a difference. […]
I recently read this post from one of my favorite writing websites, Write to Done, about the secret to writing funny, and it got me thinking. You see, I think writing funny is hard. But the key to really funny writing is making it sound like it isn’t hard. That’s the hard part. Funny writing can make […]
Part 1: Advice from a Published Author | Part 2: Proofreading and Beta Readers We’ve come to the part in this series that makes writers tremble in their slippered feet: the dreaded revision stage. I think revision is only thought of with dread by those writers who don’t understand how freeing it is to chop and […]