The Right Narration at the Right Time

I received a critique on a book in my mystery series the other day that blew my mind. Normally I don’t comment on advice and critiques that I don’t agree with. I consider them all, because if one person thought something as they were reading my stuff, then a percentage of other people who read … Continue reading The Right Narration at the Right Time

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The Adverb Myth

Ok, first, let's start with a quote that pretty much any modern writer has run across... “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they're like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If … Continue reading The Adverb Myth

I cannot and will not live in a world without contractions – It ain’t normal

Technical and academic writing are banes to creative writing for a few reasons. Today, I'd like to talk about contractions. Bottom line - unless you are Queen Elizabeth II or Data, they are a part of everyone's speech and should be a part of your writing. The absence of contractions in dialogue and first-person POV … Continue reading I cannot and will not live in a world without contractions – It ain’t normal

He began to write a blog post

I hate platitudes - like, really hate platitudes. There was one that I didn't mind until I saw it hanging over the desk of a boss I couldn't stand. I hope she got a nasty paper cut when she hung it up. Do or do not. There is no try. -- Yoda Now I can't … Continue reading He began to write a blog post

Using proper names in dialogue

When was the last time you had a convo with someone and used their name, even once - much less five or six times? It just doesn't happen in real life and it shouldn't happen in your writing. There are only a few times it's okay to use a person's name in dialogue: There are … Continue reading Using proper names in dialogue