Little Details Can Make a Big Difference

Little Details Can Make a Big Difference

Every so often, a novelist should make it a point to remember that most readers have about 54,000 other things they could be doing instead of reading a book. A novel will only hold your reader’s attention ahead of all those other things if it’s truly worth...
Thoughts on Writers Conferences

Thoughts on Writers Conferences

One question I encounter somewhat regularly from authors is: “Should I attend a writers conference?” Before I actually attended a writers conference myself, I would have likely responded with questions about what the author hoped to accomplish by...
How Do Authors Find Time To Write?

How Do Authors Find Time To Write?

I enjoy working with authors no matter how they approach the task of writing, whether it’s with bubbly joy and passion or steely grit and determination-or, more typically, a combination of both. In any case, these authors have done something that many other...

Finding Your Writing Style as a Novelist: Part 1

Are you a pantser or a plotter/planner? If you’re a novelist and you’ve done even a little bit of reading about the craft of fiction, then you’ve likely come across the terms “pantser” and “plotter,” which is also called...
When an Appositive Becomes a Negative

When an Appositive Becomes a Negative

Part 1: Avoid Long Phrases Separating Subject from Predicate Subject “¦ Predicate “¦ Appositive “¦ For those of you who are already cringing at the thought of an entire article focused on Grammar 101, take a deep breath and relax. This isn’t...
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