Tactical Tuesday: Advice for Self-Editing

Editing checklists a/k/a style sheets aren’t just for editors, you know. Writers can benefit from them as well. I keep an ever—growing style sheet for general information and another for a specific work I’m either editing or writing. I add to or refer to each often...

Tactical Tuesday: Advice for Self-Editing

I didn’t start out to write about this subject, but sometimes authors (published and unpublished) need to edit their promotional stance because unlike the promotions of Hollywood, bad promotion can hurt an author who is trying to build a platform for a chance at...

Tactical Tuesday: Advice for Self-Editing

The word characterization is tossed around quite a bit in a writer’s world, but what does it really mean? Characterization is what makes a character who he is. An author draws upon several aspects to develop a character: •       Family...

Tactical Tuesday: Advice for Self-Editing

Conference time has rolled around again, and many writers are planning to attend writers’ conferences. There are several reasons that authors should make conferences a priority. 1. Conferences allow writers to connect to people who think the way they do. Are you aware...

Write the Vision Wednesday ~ Memorial Day

 My dad was in the army, a veteran of the Korean conflict. He remained part of the National Guard and served his country for forty years, from the fifties until the early nineties, and then he received retirement papers the same week he received orders to report...

Tactical Tuesday: Advice for Self-Editing

Some authors believe all passive sentences are bad. They’ve heard the rule that all forms of to be are to be cut from their manuscripts. Let’s explain and debunk that myth. Passive sentences are those in which the subject of the sentence does not perform the action...

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