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.” -Henry David Thoreau
Continue reading 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.
Continue reading How to Write Battle Scenes
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 – and that habit actually limits visualization and creation within writing.
Continue reading 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. While much of any writer’s voice is a product of their individual choices, there are a few words everyone needs to be wary of.
Continue reading 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.
Continue reading Top 10 Writing Tips Posts of 2015
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:
Continue reading Contest Time!
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 money from writing is partly why we’re so interested in publishing in general and writing blogs in particular, as we scour the internet to find out how to get published, when to get published, and what to write so our works sells well.)
Continue reading Do Your Characters Worry About Money?
by Belinda Williams
Writing is about a hell of a lot more than just writing.
When I started writing, I had a vague idea of what I was getting myself in for. With the release of my latest contemporary romance, The Pitch, later this month [May 2015], I’ve got a much clearer idea. It’s the third book I’ve released (with two more due for release late this year and next).
Continue reading Why Successful Writers Need To Do More Than Write
by Sarah from Paper, Words, and Coffee
Picture it. Your favorite character slowly circles an enemy, sword drawn. The reader is frozen in anticipation. This is it; the beginning of another epic fight scene that will have them sitting on the edge of their seat, chewing their nails, completely oblivious to reality. There is nothing but the world that lies between the inky lines on the page.
Continue reading How To Write a Great Fight Scene
by S.E. Jones
There’s a lot you can fix in a first draft. It’s why they’re first drafts. You can focus on character, world building, plot, inner cohesion, the writing, the flow, the pacing–the list goes on and on.
Continue reading Revision: Making a Mess Less Complicated