Self-Editing Tip #8: Dialogue Tags Don’t Need All the Action

We all know dialogue is extremely important in fiction, and writing it correctly can make or break a piece of writing (see Self-Editing Tip #5). Once we have the mechanics of dialogue punctuation and paragraphing down, the next step is to review dialogue tags and action tags. A tag, in fiction, is any piece of narrative that… Read More

Interview with Author Don M. Forst

Today I’m interviewing Don Forst, another client of mine who came to me with his third novel, The Replacement Conspiracy, after having written a super entertaining two-part series: The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh and The Return of Vincent Van Gogh. I loved working with Don, who is also an Expressionist painter, and wanted to share a little bit about his most… Read More

Interview with Author E.C. Jarvis

As I love to do with all my clients, and even Indie Author friends whose books I absolutely adore, I’m bringing you an interview this week with E.C. Jarvis, author of The Blood and Destiny Series and The Consort’s Chronicles Series. Her first book, The Machine: Book one of The Blood and Destiny Series, was… Read More

The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year (late)! It’s 2016, and I’m already amazed by all the things this year has in store, both for me and for all the amazing people I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know in 2015. My husband and I were so lucky to be able to spend the last week of the year… Read More

Release of ‘Ambition’: CWC’s Second Novel

I realize it’s been some time since I’ve written about my work with Collaborative Writing Challenge, and I thought today would be the perfect time, seeing as ‘Ambition’ has just be released! My work with CWC as Story Coordinator for our third project, a Sci-Fi adventure titled ‘Ark’, and as Chief Editor for all the… Read More

Adding Levity Versus Writing Comedy

I had a wonderful conversation today with one of my very good writer friends, who just so happens to also write dark fiction. Coincidentally, both of our works in progress are Dystopian Sci-Fi, although his runs in more of the YA vein. One of the highlights of this conversation was talking about how to incorporate… Read More

Whose Story Is it, Really? (Using POV When Writing About Your Supporting Characters)

Last Friday, I talked about the four main types of POV (First Person, Third Person Limited, Second Person, and Third Person Omniscient), which ones are most commonly used, and how important it is to maintain consistency when writing in your protagonist’s POV. Today is about how to maintain the POV consistency when introducing new and… Read More

Getting Back Into “The Zone”

Hello, dear readers! I know, I’ve been away for a while. The last two weeks since I’ve posted have been an incredible whirlwind. I won’t bore you with the details of all my various projects, not the least of which was preparing for, executing, and marketing the launch of my Fantasy novel ‘Daughter of the… Read More

Author Interview with Jason Pere

I have had the huge honor of being able to work with Jason Pere, author of ‘Calling the Reaper: First Book of Purgatory’, as both an editor and a writing friend. I am so excited to be able to say that the first book in this amazing Fantasy series is finally published and available for the… Read More

How to Write A Short Synopsis of Your Manuscript

If you’re only just now working on your novel or fiction project, you may not have heard about the ‘Elevator Pitch’ and the ‘short synopsis’. If you’ve tried your hand at querying agents and publishers, you’ve probably seen these phrases thrown around and thought, ‘What the heck are these?’ Well, I’m about to tell you. A writer… Read More