It's very important to remember that every writer is different. They have their own views, their own opinions and their own way of doing everything. But while every writer is different, there are some common writing mistakes that every writer makes. Whether you're a new writer, or one who has been writing for years… Continue reading 5 common mistakes in writing and how you can fix them
You know those times where you really want to write but every sentence you type is sucky. And you try to tell yourself 'don't worry about it, just get it written,' but you just don't listen? Because you feel sucky, and you don't want your writing to also be sucky, because then you'll feel… Continue reading The Importance of Getting it Wrong
Filler words! Anyone who has done NaNoWriMo knows the importance of filler words, because hey, we need to make up that word count somehow. But the problem with filler words is that they can slow down the pace of your story. I'm sure we all use some type of filler words. You know, the ones… Continue reading A Year of Writing Tips #13
I sit here at my desk, the 60 scenes of Nephilim staring down at me from behind my laptop, trying not to elbow the hot mug of tea sitting to my right. The post it notes are scattered haphazardly across my desk, and my kids loudly play YuGiOh behind me. Setting is one of those… Continue reading The importance of setting, so readers know where they are.
If there's one thing I can never get a handle on, it's passive voice. Me and grammar don't do well together, and there are so many rules I can never remember them. Suffice to say, I don't really know what active and passive voice are, but we're not really here to talk about that. During… Continue reading A Year of Writing Tips #12
Sometimes, reading is not enough. Especially if we've read it a hundred times already. I know I tend to skim read, and that makes me miss a lot of stuff. Try reading your writing out loud. It makes you slow down, and understand how your readers are taking in your words. This is expecially helpful… Continue reading A Year of Writing Tips #11