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When is the Best Time to Write?

| September 21, 2020

There’s a lot of writing advice that tells new authors that they should write every day, that they should make time in their schedule for writing, and so on. And while in an ideal world, authors could write every day, the reality of life is that many of us don’t have that luxury. Instead, I […]

Writing Down Story Ideas

| September 14, 2020

I’ve got notes in a variety of places that are meant to be story ideas, but not all of them seem to work as such. This article has an explanation of why that might be, and advice on what you can do to make your written down story idea notes work even if they sit […]

When the Story is Too Big

| September 7, 2020

We recently watched Bill and Ted Face the Music, as Jeremy and I are both huge fans of the original Bill and Ted movies. And while we enjoyed the most recent entry into this franchise, we both agreed that it paled in comparison to the previous movies. The biggest problem that we identified was that […]

Poetry Forms: Fibonacci

| August 31, 2020

If you’re looking for a really interesting poetry form to try out, check out the Fibonacci. This form uses the numerical pattern of the Fibonacci sequence as the syllable count for each line (ooh boy, MATH!). So your first and second lines both have one syllable, and your third line is the sum of those […]

Self-Editing Tips, Part 3

| August 24, 2020

The devil, as they say, is in the details. While most of my previous editing tips (find part 1 and part 2 here) have been of a fairly generalized nature, today’s tips are getting into a handful of specific topics. 6) Learn to Spot Passive Voice! Passive voice is, quite simply, putting the object before […]

Self-Editing Tips, Part 2

| August 17, 2020

Last week, I shared three tips about editing your own writing. This week, I’m back with a couple more! 4) Listen to Feedback! If you’re writing and submitting stories, or if you have a critique group or beta readers, you may wind up with some feedback on your writing. It’s less common for story submissions […]

Self-Editing Tips, Part 1

| August 10, 2020

Last week, I talked about the different types of editing. This week, I’m going to share some of my tips for editing your own work, or self-editing. I begin with a caveat, as an editor: paying an editor to edit your work is ALWAYS a good choice, no matter how much experience you have as […]

Types of Editing: A Revision

| August 3, 2020

A while back, I talked about the types of editing as they apply to self-published work, but my post ended up leaving a few of the types of editing out. So I’m back, with another post about the different types of editing! Acquisitions editing is the process of selecting works for publication. In the novel […]

Poetry Resources

| July 27, 2020

When you’re new to the world of poetry, there are a ton of forms of poetry that people talk about, either extolling the virtues of a specific form, or talking about how much they hate another specific form. But even if you’ve read a lot of poetry before you start writing it, a lot of […]

Borrowing from Yourself

| July 20, 2020

If you’re inspired to write a short story that isn’t slated for anything in particular, are you tempted to build a new world, or set your story in a world you’ve already created? If you’ve already got a world that you’ve created, it’s entirely likely that there are potential stories that you haven’t gotten to […]