The Writing Craft

Point of view in writing

A Writer’s Guide to Point of View

November 14, 2017

Budding writers often ask me: “How do I master Point of View?” The inability to grasp this concept is the most common problem I see in aspiring novelists. Veteran editor Dave Lambert says, “No decision you make will impact the shape and texture of your… [Continue reading below]

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3 Reasons Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy but How to Protect Yourself Anyway

May 16, 2017

 Guest blog by Joanna Penn New authors worry about piracy, especially in this age of digital publishing and online marketing. Yes, piracy happens, but here’s why you shouldn’t let fear keep you from putting your words out into the world. 1. Serious readers prefer to… [Continue reading below]

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249 Strong Verbs That’ll Spice Up Your Writing

April 11, 2017

Do you ever wonder why a grammatically correct sentence you’ve written just lies there like a dead fish? I sure have. Your sentence might even be full of those adjectives and adverbs your teachers and loved ones so admired in your writing when you were… [Continue reading below]

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Show, don't tell

Show, Don’t Tell: What You Need to Know

March 21, 2017

You’ve heard it a thousand times from writing mentors, and you’ll hear it a thousand times more: Show, don’t tell. But what does it mean? If you struggle with the difference between showing vs. telling, you’re not alone. Once you’ve got it, it seems simple…. [Continue reading below]

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How to Fix Passive Voice

How to Fix Passive Voice

March 7, 2017

Acquisition editors have eagle-eyes for both talent and for amateurs. They’re looking for stuff to buy and publish, and most are so overwhelmed with submissions, they’ve learned to quickly spot anything that allows them to set your piece aside. Sound cruel? They don’t want reject… [Continue reading below]

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