Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Encouragement for a new writing year.
Ways to get writing when the words won’t flow. Writing prompts and encouragement for the writer who doesn’t know what to write next.
A discussion of where to begin writing, especially when you don’t know where to start. Included a reminder to decide on foundational issues before putting pen to paper.
A reminder that you can’t fake the skills needed for writing convincing fiction. Learn the craft. Learn both the mechanics of writing and the elements of fiction.
Plagiarism is an issue for writers and teachers and anyone with ties to the writing profession. A look at plagiarism—what it is and how to avoid it.
Push away the excuses and anything that’s keeping you from starting, or finishing, your novel. You always said you’d do, so do it. Keep the promise you made to yourself.
Yes, all writers make mistakes. And some writing mistakes are made by many writers. A list of the most common writing mistakes I see in manuscripts and fixes for those mistakes.
Why write? Why sit at a desk and connect words into scenes and stories? One reason is to entertain readers. But writers don’t only entertain readers. Great writers and good stories can change a reader’s life.
Many writers face the curse of first-person narration—too much exposition at the expense of scenes. Guard your novels against the overuse of telling. Yes, one more article on showing vs. telling.
Many writers have great expectations for their first novel manuscript. But are those expectations realistic? A look at what you can expect of your first novel.