Earlier this week, I blogged about how I got away from the internet for a week and spent time in the real world. Since I spend roughly 25 hours a day online, that left me with lots of free time. Fortunately, I also have a nearly-finished first draft to work on, and I decided to… Continue reading When the left side of your brain bullies the right
Dealing with negative feedback
In my day job, I write for and edit a large website. I’m fortunate enough to have a manager who’s taught me a lot about both disciplines. Since Charles is a former journalist and an experienced editor, I asked if he could write some tips on how to deal with negative feedback on your writing.… Continue reading Dealing with negative feedback
Save the words!
Here’s a little language quiz for you. 1) How many words do you think the English language has? I lost count at 157, so fortunately I was able to put my Googling skills to the test and discovered the Oxford English Dictionary has full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words.… Continue reading Save the words!
Prune your prose
Speaking of being overly wordy, here’s an online workshop that my RWA chapter is running soon. It’s as if they’ve been reading my blog and came up with the class just for me. Thanks, guys. ***** Permission to Forward Granted ***** RWA® Online Chapter presents: PRUNE YOUR PROSE! Ten Tips to Tighten Your Fiction Writing… Continue reading Prune your prose
I’m not repetitive, but…
You know those people who start a sentence with “I’m not racist, but…” and then go on to say something so horrific it leaves you lost for words? Well, I’m not repetitive, but… Last week I became a member of Savvy Authors and they’ve got a tool called the Auto Critter. It’s like Microsoft Word’s… Continue reading I’m not repetitive, but…