The Writing Craft

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 this writing advice a thousand times, 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 and telling, you’re not alone. Once you’ve got it, it seems simple. But… [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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Multiple main characters

3 Tips for Featuring Multiple Main Characters in Your Story

December 20, 2016

Writing a novel with multiple main characters  can seem insurmountable. Who’s on stage when, and what do you do with the others at the same time? When your top priority is crystal clarity for your reader, you must somehow weave different perspectives in a way… [Continue reading below]

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How to describe setting

How to Describe the Setting of a Story

December 6, 2016

One of the toughest nuts for any novelist to crack is where to start. How do I know? Well, two-thirds of my 192 published books are novels, so I’ve faced this dilemma nearly 130 times. Trust me, it doesn’t get easier. But there are common… [Continue reading below]

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