Random Grammar Tip #2

Grammar tips – brought to you by a random non-grammarian. We all struggle with grammar sometimes.  Texting is the most common venue for grammar fuck-ups and the worst is messing up: they're, there, and their.  I know the difference and yet sometimes quick fingers make a fool of me too. But, in case you don't … Continue reading Random Grammar Tip #2

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Writer Problems: Still writing?

As writers, we face a lot of problems - intense Google searches, embarrassing Google searches, hours-long Etsy searches (I promise, this DOES have to deal with writing)... One problem is the dreaded (though actually supportive) question: "so, are you still writing?" <sigh> Maybe it's just a dreaded question for me lately, as I've fallen off … Continue reading Writer Problems: Still writing?

MacGuffins

I recently learned a new word: MacGuffin.  To my writer friends: I know, I'm possibly the last writer to learn this word.  To everyone else, allow me to explain something I just learned about myself: A MacGuffin is something that moves the plot along, but by itself is not really important (or can be substituted … Continue reading MacGuffins

NaNo WriMo’s Eve

Hello there, I'm dusting off the cobwebs of this blog to wish you a happy NaNoWriMo's eve. And while I'm at it, for all the non-writers out there, happy Halloween! But back to the topic at hand - NaNoWriMo. In case you didn't know, November is National Novel Writing Month. It's a chaotic time, when … Continue reading NaNo WriMo’s Eve

All Hallows’ Eve…of NaNoWriMo

Today, people will dress up in all kinds of costumes and go to parties and/or get free candy.  But writers... Well, writers embarking on the adventure known as NaNoWriMo will eye the clock, fingers will be poised over keyboards or over a well-loved notebook, waiting - Waiting for that month that embodies both a writer's … Continue reading All Hallows’ Eve…of NaNoWriMo

Sweet treats for writers

Since NaNoWriMo is around the corner, I've decided to compile a list of goodies for writers.  Feel free to add any ideas in the comments, as I'm always looking for gift ideas for my writer friends (and, if I'm completely honest, for myself). 🙂 1. Tools - I know that most people do a majority of … Continue reading Sweet treats for writers

Are developmental edits worth it?

One of the most common questions we ask as writers is - how much editing should I do? We know first drafts are hardly ever (I don't want to say never, but really, pretty much never) fit for publication.  But how do you know when your work is ready (or even simply good enough)? I've heard other … Continue reading Are developmental edits worth it?

Verbal Diarrhea – on dialogue

On writing dialogue I hear it in my writers' group often - there is a fear among many writers of failing at dialogue. And it's a valid fear. The worst thing, as a reader, is to come across something on the page that pulls you out of the moment (or worse, the story).  And dialogue, that tricky … Continue reading Verbal Diarrhea – on dialogue