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The Big, Fat Grammar Guide

Grammar. Blergh. Dry. Boring. Rules on top of rules. Overwhelmingly voted “Least Popular Topic” among the general writing community. Unfortunately, grammar is also the foundation of all good writing (good defined here as publishable). Since many of us came to the fiction world from careers and majors other than English or MFA programs, our last …

Tell the Story

I’m writing a book that I don’t know I’ll be able to sell. Of course no book comes with a guarantee that it’s going to sell (and that may be the topic of another post), but this one has its risks. Risk #1: I am writing someone who is not me. Really not me. How …

Reverse Writer’s Guilt?

I’m sure you’ve already heard of Writer’s Guilt. For those of you that haven’t, it’s that feeling that you get when you know you should be writing, but aren’t. The reason why you aren’t writing doesn’t matter. What matters is that, physically, you could be writing, but you aren’t. It could be that you’ve decided …

Another Trip Around the Sun

Today is my birthday. Happy Cake Day to me. No, I’m not going to tell you how many candles. I’m old enough to know better and let’s leave it at that. I am going to be a bit self-indulgent and talk about something I like. This time of year always gets me to start thinking …

Writing Through Adversity?

Writing through adversity, huh? Probably not the most uplifting blog topic. However, unless you lead some sort of charmed life, the ugly truth is that outside events will eventually impact your writing-world—illness, accidents, relationship-ending love-life complications, serious financial blows, deaths. For artists, it feels as if there’s often an added layer of complication heaped upon …

To be, or not to be

Verbing is hard. Mostly because there are so freaking many of them. But verbs are arguably our most powerful asset as writers to paint the picture within our reader’s minds. Which is why any form of the verb “to be” should be avoided if at all possible. This is extremely hard, let me tell you. …

Don’t Limit Yourself

Today, I’d like to talk about the two most damaging words in any language, anywhere: I can’t It makes me a little bit sad to think of all of the amazing things that could have been, had they not fallen victim to those two words. All that potential lost. What’s worse is that it’s a …

Rhythm and Lyrics

(Before I get started on today’s post: major kudos and props to Ken for having my back in the past few months, as I wasn’t able to participate in the blog as much as I’d hoped. 😀 Thanks, Ken!) The chorus of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” contains the memorable, “Can’t stop, won’t stop moving/It’s …

What Do You Want?

What do you want?  In the old television series Babylon 5, the Shadows, villains working behind the scenes, wanted to cause chaos throughout the galaxy.  They sent an emissary Mr. Morden to determine which occupants of the space station they could use for their own ends. Morden began with the question, “What do you want?” …