Flash Fiction: ‘The Plight of Timothy Weston’

I found it really rather difficult to come up with an informative, entertaining, fresh topic to discuss on my blog today. As is my nature, when I have a shortage of ideas, I reach out to grab something out of one of my colleagues’ brains. Today, instead of a how-to post on writing or editing… Read More

6 Tips to Get You Writing (and Keep You There)

Having your fingers in a lot of different word-pies will give you more opportunities for creativity than drawing constant blanks on the same project, over and over. Read More

Getting to Know Your Character: An Exercise

This one will be short and sweet, but a fun exercise in detail. Last week I wrote about how to make sure your short story gets the essential elements it needs just by asking yourself four simple questions. After peering back into my college days as a Creative Writing Fiction Major, I found I had another… Read More

Short Story Elements Don’t Have to Be Confusing

Let’s face it, short stories can be pretty difficult to write. It’s such a small amount of space, on average 2,000 to 5,000 words, in which you as a writer are expected to squeeze an entire theme, setting, character or two – essentially an entire story start to finish. Everywhere, you see the “Elements of… Read More

Why Should You Save Everything You Write?

I save absolutely everything. Always. The above picture is actually my stack of journals, starting in the year 2000 and spanning through today. I was 10 when I started writing, both fiction and in journals, and I have maintained the “wordsmithing” – and the paper hoarding – habit for the last fifteen years. This is my… Read More

You Don’t Have To Be A Hermit to Be A Writer

Last week I read a large handful of comments from various people on social networking groups, on a few different blogs, and from a journalist, referring to the “independent nature” of writing as an activity. The phrase I saw repeated, more than once, was that “writing is an ego-driven activity”. Honestly, I was pretty shocked to… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #4: Aggressively Passive Voice

I described some wordy writing once as being like “taking a train all the way around the world just to get to the next town over.” Not only does writing in the passive voice add unnecessary extra words, but it sometimes can make a sentence seem tiresome and confusing. If this happens for an entire… Read More

What Made You Decide To Be A Writer?

One of my clients, who has now become someone I like to think of as a friend, asked me this question when we were chatting online. “What made you become a writer?”  This, I’ve found, is a topic that comes up a lot in writing groups across the social media board. So I thought it… Read More

CWC – From the Other Side

This weekend has been a really interesting experience for me in my working with CWC as a Story Coordinator. It seems forever ago, but was probably only about a month ago, when Laura asked me if I would like to participate as a writer for CWC’s second collaboration ‘Ambition.’ Of course I said I would… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #3: Semicolon, the Mouth Breather

The ever-dreaded semicolon, I believe, is one of the English language’s most misunderstood and misused facets of punctuation. Awkward, yes. Frustrating, yes. And I called it the “Mouth Breather” because no matter what I do (ignore it or flatter it with use), it’s always there lurking behind me, distracting me with hot, stinky breath on… Read More