by Mindy Halleck Today, as I edit, trim, cut, and otherwise obliterate a short story I wrote that ended up to be 8,000 words, but needs to be 5,000 words, I am reminded of this quote: “Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”… Read More 20 Tips For Writing a Captivating Short Story (Part 1)
In my experience, writing battle scenes is a very dangerous endeavor. A writer has to walk a fine line between giving too much away and giving too little. While this is true of writing in general, it is especially true of combat.
by Joel Orr An easy way to empower your writing, build your voice, and help your audience better ‘see’ your message is to utilize verbs over qualifiers like adjectives and adverbs. It’s easy to fall into a habit of using words as they’re ‘assigned’ – adjectives show, so I guess we’ll use them to show… Read More Use Your Verbs
by K. Ross Writing is tricky. Trying to express your meaning clearly can be hard enough, but also making it engaging can be quite the balancing act. As a writer, I’m still working on it, but as an editor, ill-considered or lazy writing jumps off the page at me like a facehugger from Aliens.… Read More What Words to Avoid in Your Writing
Happy (belated) 2016 everyone! In the spirit of the new year, I thought it would be fun to highlight the top 10 most popular writing tips posts of the last year, based on page views viewed in that year.
Hello readers and writers! Today marks the first day in a month-long contest. The talented Adrijus Guscia with Rocking Book Covers has generously donated prizes to 3 winners. Here’s what 3 lucky people will win:
by Andrea Lundgren It’s a topic that, in real life, we think about more than we’d like to admit: how much we make, how much we can spend, and how we can make more money all has a place in our thoughts. (And if we’re being completely honest, we’d have to say that making… Read More Do Your Characters Worry About Money?