Creative tactics in writing craft

by Gina Burgess I’ve been an editor for a long time, both in newspaper and various other industries. I learned a lot about editing then and while earning my Master’s, but most of what I have learned is through reading (fiction and non-fiction) since I was a little girl. Since I’ve been reviewing books, I’ve […]

Weeding Out the Dross

by Sarah Tun  Writing is an art… and a science. Just like in gardening, you want to weed out the bad stuff so the good stuff can shine and breathe and spark a reader’s imagination. It’s obvious that writing is an art, but perhaps not so clear there is a science to the process of […]

Realistic Characters that are Believable

by Joni Fisher GATHER BASIC INFORMATION If your story involves characters in a specific career, then research it. You can learn basic information about any legal job from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ . For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook […]

Not the Grammar Police #2

by Sophie Dawson What’s the difference between then and than? Listen to people talking or read a hand written note sometime and you’ll invariably see these two words mixed up eventually. When proofreading, I see them confused many times. Then gives a connotation of time or place. The other than is a comparison. Seems pretty simple and straight […]

Crafting Memorable Dialogue #2

by Joni Fisher (From her article Dialogue Abused and Misused) Dialogue is designed to perform these functions: Advance the plot. The inciting incident, key turning points, the climax and other important emotional moments have the greatest impact when the events unfold in front of the reader. Build to a change in a relationship, a power […]

Editing is NOT Nitpicking

  Submitted by Gina Burgess I received this from friends at Pro-Edit. This is another reason why a different pair of eyes needs to edit your work. I was a newspaper editor, and these kinds of gaffes are so easy to make when you are focused on quickly getting the story out, or trying to […]

Plotline Potholes May Swallow Your Readers

By Kathrin Herr, The Writing Mechanic As authors, we have a tendency to forget that the worlds we create and the tales we tell originated in our own brains. Living our story in our own heads leads to skipping over some things that are obvious to us, but actually, leave giant potholes in our plot—the […]

Make your readers trust you

By Gina Burgess I was reading a short story the other day trying hard to find great things about it because I did not want to hurt any feelings nor did I want to scare any other budding author from putting fingers to keyboard in my critique. But some of the facts in the story […]

Just How Big Was It? — Using Adjectives

by Belinda Forgy We all know an adjective is used to describe a noun and I don’t want to turn this into an English lesson, but I do want to emphasize how important the use of adjectives are in a story. Descriptive words are what paints the picture in your reader’s mind. You want them […]