Systematic Editing

by Jann W. Martin I was at the Word Weavers Fall Retreat recently. I was in an invaluable workshop. My friend, and one of my editors, Kristen Stieffel, led the workshop. I have attended several of her workshops over the years. This one was her best so far. Kristen is in the process of writing […]

Critiques are best when served warm

Hello from Jann, When you consider something from numerous perspectives you can easily see the whole picture rather than a tiny corner of your universe. This is why critique groups are an excellent way to get a broad perspective of your writing, which is a great way to prepare your manuscript before you have to […]

The Forgiving Eye

by Steve Muir Sounds benevolent, doesn’t it? After all, forgiveness is a great virtue, right? In this case, unfortunately, wrong. The Forgiving Eye is the name I’ve given to a particular phenomenon that afflicts me – and I’m sure, most authors – when it comes to reviewing their own writing. Content is not the problem […]

Writing Advice not Eye-Stabbing

Here’s Randy Ingermanson’s writing advice to himself before he became rich and famous. At least it’s the advice he would have given himself when he was young and inexperienced. It is from Jerry Jenkin’s blog. You get good at writing by following these three simple steps: 1) Write a lot. The more you write, the […]

Bar Jokes for English Majors (and Authors)

Found this jewel through another blog. Being a wordsmith, I was delighted by each of these and I learned something, too! You should check out her blog, too, by clicking the link. I couldn’t find her name, but she’s a genius! By Bluebird of Bitterness Bar jokes for English majors A dangling participle walks into a […]

Improve Your Writing with Story Circles

by Margaret Welwood They say—and I agree—that reading your story out loud helps you to detect awkward places. If you stumble, so will your reader. But what of reading other authors’ stories out loud—stories that you and your (grand)children enjoy? I read at day cares, the museum, the library, and other venues, reasoning that as […]

3 Ways to Show, Not Tell

by Jennifer Harris You’ve heard it a hundred times, if not a thousand: show, don’t tell. But do you know what that really means? Almost every writer struggles with this concept at one point in their writing career. But once you learn the difference, and put it into practice, you’ll be amazed at how quickly […]

What Do the Best Writers Do?

…That Other Writers Don’t? by Joel Klettke [Editor’s note: While this is specifically for non-fiction writers, don’t miss the golden nuggets here that will smooth the paths for fiction writers.] As someone who both writes and manages a writing team, I’ve often wondered why some writers need very little editing or coaching while others need […]