Creating A Writing Style Sheet

As mentioned in last week’s blog post, I’ve spent most of this year in editing hell, working through an MS that has been through re-writes, new beta readers, and a total show, don’t tell overhaul. As my edits for that MS wound down, I returned to the next MS in the series (book two), which... Continue Reading →

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7 Reminders About Editing

They say writing is re-writing, and until you’ve sat down to write a book and discovered this, you don’t realize how true it is. Tangled up in all that writing and re-writing is editing: that lovely process where you read your MS so many times, the thing you love becomes something you hate. Editing can... Continue Reading →

The Payoff

If you’ve read a book where the ending or big dramatic twist is the culmination of all the clues, moments, or hints in the book, then you’ve encountered The Payoff. The MC finally getting what they want. The villain losing (or winning). The end of a war.The start of a love story. The payoff could be any of... Continue Reading →

Backstory Basics

One key to writing a book that connects with readers is including characters they care about. Or hate. It can be characters they hate. Just as long as the readers want to follow from the first page to the last. Follow-worthy characters come from awesome descriptions, dialogue, goals you want to see them achieve, odds... Continue Reading →

Character Description Must-Haves

There’s a lot of elements that go into writing a book, and each one has their own set of must-haves. Take character descriptions, for example. Obviously, the easiest way to create a picture in someone’s mind is to list the physical characteristics. Often it’ll be something like; "She was tall, with long black hair and... Continue Reading →

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