Writing Tips

Plurals and Possessives
Writing Tips · 26 April 2021
There are numerous ways plurals and possessives are written incorrectly, but I want to discuss the four that are the most common I see—and how to write it correctly if you're following along with the Chicago Manual of Style.

Choosing a Word for 2021
Writing Tips · 28 December 2020
Have you already set your intentions for 2021?

Popular Phrases and Why They Usually Don't Make Sense
Writing Tips · 10 July 2020
Ever read a line in someone's book and think it's flavorful but then pause, trying to make sense of it? Here are a few I see more often than others and why I tend to change them.

Writing Tips · 09 January 2020
One of the most common ways to challenge your writing is to switch it up when it comes to tense and perspective. If you're in the indie-author community, you might've had to do this with an anthology you signed up for. Or maybe you just want to try something different. This post is lengthy, but it will help you sort through the options and some basic rules for staying on track.

Writing Tips · 29 August 2019
I know editing will seem like an endless game of Delete This, but keep in mind that many edits are also expanding things. When we talk about killing adverbs and excessive adjectives, it's because those are likely going to be replaced with more detail rather than less. Anyway, here is a brief list of things to avoid, just to get you started.

Writing Tips · 27 August 2019
Homonyms have three "flavors," as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This post is for the homophone flavor. And it's stocked with memes.

Clarifying Commonly Confused Words
Writing Tips · 01 January 2019
Sometimes it's easy to use the wrong term. Catching these kinds of errors will not only make you a better writer, it'll help your editor too.

Writing Tips · 07 May 2018
Adverbs aren't inherently incorrect, but oftentimes there are more descriptive words you could use to get the same point across. If your manuscript lacks a certain jazz or is less exciting than you had envisioned, an abundance of -ly adverbs might be to blame.

Writing Tips · 11 October 2017
You can succeed at NaNoWriMo every year if you commit yourself to getting it done. Here are 7 pieces of advice that will get you started on your journey to "winning" and writing 50k in 30 days.

Writing Tips · 21 August 2017
Ah, crutch words. How crippling they can be. If you're looking for a list of words that are unlikely to add substance to your story, this is the page to bookmark. Eliminating or rephrasing these could go a long way in ensuring you have a crisp, fun, and easy-to-read book.

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