A Tool for Detecting Passive Voice: Author Toolbox

There are some generally accepted Golden Rules for authors (which, okay, change from century to century, genre to genre, and are not so much rules as guidelines?) One of them is DEATH to All Adverbs, which I am personally fighting against because I love me a good adverb. Another is Conflict is King. Too bad [...]

Add Some Great First Lines to Your Author Toolbox

You know what's the hardest part of writing a book? Besides the writing and the outlining and the scene construction and editing and . . . okay . . . every other part. This bit is really the most intimidating, I promise. The hardest part is making yourself start. Prevailing advice, endless online articles, and [...]

Friday Favorites Gets Twisted

Friday Favorites is a blog hop hosted and created by the wonderful somethingofthebook.com March 29 My Favorite Plot Twists I love a good twisty moment in a book but I don't go out actively seeking them. I tend to be a pretty oblivious person at the best of times and small details fly far, far over my [...]

The Insecure Writer’s Group Gets All Up In My Personal Space

This is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. The group is all about no judgment, secure support for every writer. We post once a month and reach out to each other for support, tips, ideas, encouragement, and occasional lists. It's the most wonderful time of the year, every month. Come join! This month's co-hosts are JH Moncrieff, Tonja [...]

Why Titles are Literally the Worst

This is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. To join the group yourself, head over to their website and don't forget to throw a ninja salute at our captain, Alex J Cavanaugh. The co-hosts for this month's posts are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker and Ellen the Cynical Sailor, stop by and check out their posts as you're hopping today! The [...]

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 [...]

A (Short) Synopsis of “On Writing”

People forget sometimes that King was in fact a High School English teacher for several years while he wrote Rage, The Long Walk, and Carrie during his spare time. I think that teaching urge has never really left him, and On Writing is the result. You still have to go buy the book yourself if you want to know all the [...]

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 [...]