Writer’s Digest, guest post is by Chuck Wendig. Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the … More 15 Ways to Earn Your Audience as a Writer
By: Writer’s Digest, David Corbett, Award Winning Author and Guest Columnist, Author of The Art of Character The difference between writing emotion and writing feeling is more one of degree than kind. Feeling is emotion that has been habituated and refined; it is understood and can be used deliberately. I know how I feel about … More Emotion vs. Feeling: How to Evoke More from Readers
Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
“Thank you.” Those are the most fundamental words, next to “please”, that shape children’s character. It is far more than manners; saying the words is one thing, doing the words is another. My class is thanking Sergeant Curran, stationed in Afghanistan. We’re doing it the good, old fashioned way; writing letters…
I am reblogging this post for good reason. I am reading books, lately, that don’t seem to have cogent descriptions and left me wondering: what’s it all about? How interesting and telling are most book descriptions? Most are not at all. Maybe there should be professional book description writers. Reading a book description … More Deciphering Book Descriptions
Proof-Reading and Editing Tips These are very informative, yet simple and easy to do. Melissa writes that “I spend most of my work hours editing other people’s work and self-editing my own writing. In fact, I spend more time on self-editing than I do on writing. So, I thought … More 10 Tips For Proof-Reading and Editing!
I believe that in order to tell a story well, it depends most specifically on a point of view. What Point-of-View do you think meets your style of writing most often or does it all depend on the story you are writing? Today’s post includes excerpts from What’s the Story? Building … More Point of View
COME TO A MEMORY Joab’s Story/Lila’s Story Come to a Memory, by Francis Webb, is an extraordinary read. It feels genuine and real. I felt like I was reading a true story from the viewpoint of a little nine-year-old girl, named Lila. America was barely edging out of the depression era and nerves stretched thin by the … More A Review for an Extraordinary Story
I found “Your Novel Blueprint” on Writer’s Digest, it is a book by Karen Wiesner. It is a very useful and very complete guide from start to finish. I am posting the first couple of pages and then a link to her article (10 pages) and also her book can also … More YOUR NOVEL BLUEPRINT, by author Karen Wiesner
I think, “reading is such a game changer. With every book I read, I feel changed somewhat, meaning, I have been added to or subtracted from some thought or notion. Beyond that notion, I have learned something important. I am never filled up—nor am I ever emptied.” The following are a few great … More A Glimpse into the Philosophy of Reading
Use ‘was’ only twice per page. This includes ‘were’ and ‘is’. Limit adverbs. Search for ‘ly’ endings and get rid of as many as possible. Watch out for bouncing eyes–He dropped his eyes to the floor. His eyes roved the room Use gerunds sparingly. Search for -ing endings and eliminate as many as possible. Eliminate … More Tips For Proof Reading and Editing!