Earlier this year, I went on a 1920’s Paris kick and read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, The Paris Wife, The Sun Also Rises, and A Moveable Feast. I had read The Sun Also Rises before, but I had never read Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. To my surprise, I enjoyed getting a glimpse into Hemingway’s creative mind and […]
Hello, grammar fiends! Long time, no talk. It’s been a crazy summer filled with vacations and work and editing and all sorts of things that equal me being absent from this place for many months. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of regular posting, and I appreciate you all sticking with me! […]
Hello! Today I’m out of town on a business trip to Salt Lake City, but earlier this week I wrote a guest post for Author Culture Blog on “Narrowing Your Focus.” You can check it out here. Happy Thursday!
As I thought about what I wanted to write about in today’s post, I remembered a post I wrote almost a year ago: “A Study of Best-Selling First Sentences.” In that post, I listed a number of popular books from the NYT best seller list along with their first sentence (or two), and then I suggested […]
Last week I shared 6 ways to spot melodrama in your writing. This week we are going to talk about some tips for cutting melodrama. First, here’s a quick refresher of the definition: Melodrama [noun]: drama in which many exciting events happen and the characters have very strong or exaggerated emotions ________________ The kindest thing you can do […]
*Read Tips for Humor Writing (Part 1) Writing funny can be difficult. What comes off funny in spoken word does not always translate to paper so easily. Following are a few tips for humor writing as a follow up to part 1. ***WORD CHOICE (and the K rule)*** As a humble writer of prose, your […]
I don’t think I’ve written anything about children’s books on this blog yet, and I’d like to. At the publishing company I used to work for, I was actually the leader of a children’s book editing team at one point. This topic will not apply to many of you, but then again who knows? You […]
I’m reading The Help right now. Well, okay actually I’m listening to the audio book. Yesterday there was a scene where a character was going over to another character’s house to talk. The scene was tense, awkward, and even a bit suspenseful because we weren’t sure what was going to happen during the conversation. As I listened, […]
Hello! Earlier this week, I was honored to have the opportunity to guest post on one of my favorite writing and editing sites, Write It Sideways! I wrote a guest post on 3 Pitfalls of Foreshadowing, which you find by clicking –>here <–. Head on over and let me know what you think! Happy Friday!
Who is your target audience? This is a question I ask authors when I start working on their book, and all too often I get an answer that sounds something like this: Everyone. Everyone. So, your book will be loved by all, from a five-year-old to a ninety-year-old? Male and female? Fantasy and non-fiction lover? […]