It happens. We get into the rut of writing so much on social media until we adopt shorter, more convenient ways to be understood. For instance, Twitter allows for 140 characters when posting publicly while cell phone usage with texting and posting to social media calls for key strokes that are far faster to use […]
Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you grow, and that is in any area of your life, including your career in writing. When I was younger, I read entirely too much, never realizing that it would create such a great foundation for me presently as an author and blogger. One of the […]
Nothing can last without the proper framework, including a story. Before I ever start a story, I know the basic framework, or structure, of the story that I am to build upon. There are items such as organization and the makeup of the story that should be built prior to even beginning, and for many […]
When writing, be prepared to create a variety of ways to speak on paper. Readers tend to recognize redundancy, and the last thing a writer wants is to bore the life out of their audience by being repetitive with word usage and sentence structure. For instance, use dependent clauses when starting starting a fresh idea […]
To the writer, every word counts. When every word counts in your story, however, you don’t want those same words to have a negative impact, only a positive one. Therefore, upon editing, be certain to carve away, or trim down, wherever necessary, especially when it comes to redundancy. Many times, trimming down your story is […]
Writers have various styles, however, within that style, don’t allow an overflow of details to detract from the story. Giving far too many details about what a room looks like doesn’t move the story at all, especially if the way the room looks takes up three pages of the book. By the time the readers […]
The most important item that any writer or author needs to remember about any type of writing, something that is taught in grade school, and that is to not plagiarize. In the case of any author or aspiring author, don’t break the copyright by copying what another author has done. Sure, you may believe no […]
The organization of one’s thoughts is the first thing that needs to be done at the start of writing a new project. Sure, there are writers who can wing it and wing it very well…even into a best seller. For some writers, however, there is a need to think things through or even outline the […]
Always make time, a very special time, to write, authors. Sure, you can spot write throughout the day, but for the manuscript to come to completion, have a time set aside that is solely for writing. It works wonders!
There are a multitude of writers with skills that move beyond the pages. That being noted, try never to copy another person’s style or voice because having your own voice will move you much further in your writing career. For instance, there is absolutely no way there would have been two Whitney Houstons. Why? Because […]
Learn to write in past and present tenses. Know that sometimes, a book will sound and flow much better in the past tense or vice versa. Give both tenses a try before carving your book in stone. You will be surprised how a forgive and a forgave gives the story a whole new vibe, and […]
The last thing any author wants to do is bore beyond the sixtieth page of their book, therefore, find a way to lift the story to a point of much needed value, even if in the very beginning. The reader wants a feast, so give the reader the goods necessary to desire turning the page […]
It happens to us all at some point. We are writing a terrific scene in a soon to be best selling book, and upon the re-read of the perfect paragraph, we notice that either the whole thing or just a sentence was written in the WRONG TENSE. Be certain that the present tense story (not […]
There are so many authors with tremendous talent and exceptional books, and a great edit makes a big deal when it comes down to the readers and how they respond to the book. Therefore, it’s a super idea to have an editor look over your work, but if you are an author who insists on […]
Often times story ideas may reveal themselves in traffic, at an event, or even in your sleep. For this reason, always keep a pen and pad ready, and if you have a smart phone, tablet or a hand held recorder, speak the idea into the microphone so that it can be captured and used later […]
Set aside a time that you won’t be interrupted by anything. This particular time can be for one hour or longer, just as long as you are alone, so that you can focus on your writing project(s). You will be surprised by how much writing you get done while uninterrupted.
After being an entertainment blogger for a number of years, having interviewed reality show stars, singers, producers, other authors and those in the gospel industry, it’s fair to say that the majority of these stand alone stars became that way by having their own voice, or distinguishing themselves from others. They may have others that […]
Always be prepared to explain what you write, or give a fantastic, thirty second synopsis of your project, because if no one wants to read your book or if it doesn’t capture interest, then your writing will end up being just a hobby for your own quiet time when everyone else reads … well…other things. […]
As an author, the last thing you want to do is stall on idea to long without a clue about where it’s going in the first place. Therefore, instead of wasting time with what is known as writers block, move on to something else, another scene or another book, until you figure it all out. […]
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