On Avoiding Unnecessary Narration

Sometimes a book can be well written and have an interesting plot and characters but still be boring. Why is that? Shouldn’t a well-written, interesting book be, well,¬†interesting?¬†Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and most often the solution comes down to cutting unnecessary narration, which is what I’m going to focus on in this […]

What Does it Mean to Stand with Arms Akimbo? (and other strange words)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always know the meaning of every single word I come across. When I read a word that’s unfamiliar to me, I first try to guess the meaning using the context of the sentence. Then, if that doesn’t work, I’ll use a dictionary if I have one handy. […]

Basic Writing Principle #1: 4 Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Paragraphs

I try not to be too judgmental with writers. Grammar can be tricky, commas are confusing, and I can’t say I don’t ever misspell a word. But there are a few basic principles that even the most English-illiterate person should know. This post is part 1 of a new Tuesday grammar series I’ve titled: basic […]