With each story I write, I begin with an outline. But as you know, outlines are only guidelines because along the way, the story morphs—sometimes majorly. That your storyline drifts away from your initial outline shouldn’t be of concern. That your storyline changes into something you no longer like is. You should always like where your story is heading. You should love your characters. Once … Continue reading How I Found My Story for ‘The Guilty Woman’ Novel
Reading my writing isn’t fun to me, and I find no joy in the editing process. It’s why I pay (good money) and rely on a professional editor to assist me with the task. An editor, after all, is supposedly someone with the professional experience, knowledge, and the skills to read a manuscript and turn it into a better version. In my experience, this hasn’t … Continue reading To Trust Or Not To Trust Editorial Feedback
I’m as guilty as anyone of word overuse. Luckily, features such as control-F (find) exist. Make it a point to double and triple check your overuse of fluff words. While some words might be essential in specific contexts, most become fluff, clutter your speech, and become tedious for the reader. Tighten your prose by limiting the use of: · That – That is an unnecessary word … Continue reading Overused Words In Writing
It’s essential you get into the habit of writing every day. Whether what you write is good or not doesn’t matter. What matters is that you write. Only by doing so will you improve your craft. To keep track of your progression, write one article. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated. Edit the article every so often, and compare it to your earlier … Continue reading Write, Write, and Write Some More
The more time you spend writing, the better you become. Add reading to raise your writerly IQ, and things will go right you. Don’t hurry the process along. Writing should be more about the journey than the destination. The joy of sitting down to a blank screen and crafting something beautiful, moving, funny, heart-wrenching, or even just average is what it’s all about. Enjoy yourself. … Continue reading Writing Is More About The Journey Than The Destination
I scoured the internet, read article after article to educate myself on how to become a better writer. The authors of the articles I read, although insightful, didn’t do much to improve my writing. What they did was confuse and cause self-doubt. One article told me that prologues and epilogues were the work of the devil. (I exaggerate for effect, but you get the gist.) … Continue reading Whose Advice Should You Take When Writing?