Category: Writing Craft

Emotional Stages of a Writing Project

My blogs generally focus on my writer’s life with stories about things that strike my fancy. Today I’m sharing a fun video aimed primarily for writers. I first saw the video many years ago on the blog of …

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The Tale of a Book Title

Book titles and covers are important because the old adage — Readers do judge a book by its cover — is true. So, how can an author know beforehand what’s going to resonate? Wiser people than me have …

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Writing as Architect or Gardener

George R. R. Martin writes fantasy, horror, and science fiction. I write women’s fiction and romance. Our genres are different, but our process to a finished book is much the same. I also start with a seed. There’s …

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Are you writing tight?

These days we live in a fast-paced world. People can be impatient, especially about reading long-winded posts, emails, and texts. I’ve noticed that even fiction books seem to be shorter. Our written communication should be clear and concise. …

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Who’s Telling Your Story?

A Guest Blog Today I’d like to introduce a writer friend, who also happens to be a fabulous teacher and excellent editor—Alicia Rasley. She’s going to offer advice on how writers can decide which character’s POV to use. …

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44 Words That Can Weasel into Writing

Writing’s hard work. Ask any writer. Good writing is harder. Sometimes weasel words can slip in. Weasel words are “favorite” words that pop up when a writer is being lazy or rushing. I first heard the term in …

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21 Grammar Rules and Writing Mistakes

Grammarcheck.net recently posted this infographic of 21 frequently ignored (or unknown) grammar rules and writing mistakes that everyone who writes should know. How many do you know? How many do you ignore? I’m with them on all but …

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One Word Wednesday – EMOTION

The chief goal of a writer is to engage the reader. How do we do that? EMOTION We dig deep within ourselves and find what motivated us and inject that emotion into our characters. I like the way Hemingway …

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I Missed National Punctuation Day. Did you?

Last Monday, September 24th was National Punctuation Day. Thanks Steve Laube and Janice Heck for sharing on your blogs and putting me in the know about this yearly celebration. I’m a week late this year, but next year I’ll be on time to …

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Debunking Must Dos for aspiring writers

When I started writing for publication, I repeatedly heard three “absolute must dos.” Years later and many published works, I have my own opinion about those MUSTs. #1 Write what you know. First, imo, writing what you know …

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