Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Including the words “The End” on the final page of a manuscript is a good idea. The visual keeps readers, including agents and editors, from guessing what the story’s final words are.
A writer asks about comma use with dependent clauses. Includes details about comma use for subordinate clauses before, after, and in the middle of independent clauses.
A writer asks how much back story is too much.
Encouragement for when you feel you’ll never be as good as other writers.
Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.
A readers asks about links between plot, character goal, and the inciting incident.
A reader’s asks whether or not to compare a manuscript with other books in query letters and elevator pitches.
How many words is too many? Does word count matter? Does word count matter more for first novels? An answer to a question posed by a reader.
A query letter is short and powerful—it’s often a writer’s first contact with an agent or editor. Here are the basics for query letters and a few do’s and don’ts.
A reader’s questions about punctuation in dialogue. You may have had some of the same questions.