Tell Me How to Show

Do you know how to tell, at a glance, that you're dealing with a new, inexperienced author? Telling. When the writing is chock-a-block full of telling, it's a gargantuan, neon clue blaring out: This author is still learning. This author is hacking out the diamonds of good prose with pick and chisel, one cold nugget [...]

No Filter

Did you know there's such a thing as "filter words" when writing? I did not, but now thanks to the Tunnel of Rejection that was 2017, I do. In the course of a) submitting my manuscripts to RWA contests for judging and b) having my bits chopped off by the Axe of Editing the awesome [...]

Working Hard, or Hardly Working

I'm sorry for the lack of posting the last two weeks. Not even an otter meme can save me. Partly I've been avoiding the Internet because every time I turn it on some new horror leaps out, like Pennywise on speed. "Hurricane? LOL" says Mother Nature. "Try FOUR hurricanes, back to back. Oh, and two [...]