4 Reasons Why Every Writer Needs A Beta Reader

Writing a book is a solitary endeavor. One requiring you to sit there day after day, tapping at your keyboard, the only people to talk to the imaginary ones you’re bringing to life on the page. By the time you finish this momentous journey, your characters are fully formed beings transformed by all you’ve put... Continue Reading →

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When Writing Advice Becomes Too Much

First, let me say I understand it’s ironic to write a post about writing advice being too much on a blog about writing advice, but I’m going to be as ironic as Alanis Morissette—and as bad as that dated reference—and write about it anyway. Most likely to the song, because let’s face it, it’s in... Continue Reading →

The Active Word Checklist

“Keep your prose active.” It’s one of the most well-known pieces of writing advice and one of the most frustrating. Sometimes when writing, especially when you’re first starting out, you have no idea what words are making your prose non-active. You’re just writing, using the words that sound right. It’s not until you see the difference creating an... Continue Reading →

The Weak Word Checklist

Not all words are created equal, and as a writer, you can devote many hours to finding the best perfect one. While playing with word choice and re-writing sentences until you get them just right can help capture what you’re trying to invoke, a weak word can do the opposite. But how do you know... Continue Reading →

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