Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
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.
Ever thought about writing a book series? A reader asks for tips about writing a series.
A reader wondered what she should study to help her become an editor. Study whatever interests you and a whole lot more.
Many modern writers are discouraged from using adverbs. But adverbs have their uses. And no part of speech should be banned from the writer’s toolkit.
Author intrusion is disruptive and annoying. Look at ways to identify and cut out the writer’s obvious intrusions into a story.