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

Self-Editing Tip #7: Variety is Key (Even with Sentence Structure)

Sentence structure is one of the elements I believe make up an author’s narrative voice—their style, if you will. And as we see over and over again, each author clearly has their individual preferences when it comes to how they structure their sentences. Long, flowing, and wordy. Short, choppy, and to the point. A mix… Read More

How to Thank Your Readers Without Living to Please Them

This is kind of a sore subject for writers, I know. I feel it nagging just beneath my skin myself when I get a comment from someone about something they “didn’t like”. We put so much of ourselves into our work – so much energy, focus, love, frustration, and force – that it’s hard not to take… 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

Whose Story Is It, Really? (Using POV When Writing About Your Protagonist)

Today, I want to talk about narrative Point of View (POV), which is something I’ve been addressing with a few of my clients this week. Maintaining a consistent POV throughout a piece is incredibly important. Not only does it keep the story flowing as a whole, but it also serves to connect us to the… 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

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

Self-Editing Tip #6: Formatting Before You Write

I’m sure this sounds like a ridiculous premise, that the formatting does not affect your writing at all, and that’s true. However, as an editor as well as an author, I can’t express how helpful proper formatting has been for me. As an author, the formatting of a fresh document before I ever start writing let’s… Read More

Self Editing Tip #5: Let’s “Talk” About Punctuation

Today I want to talk about punctuation, specifically in writing dialogue. I feel oddly fortunate that my own education, especially as a Creative Writing major in college, ingrained in me a certain inherent knowledge of how to write dialogue with correct punctuation. I’ve spoken and worked with a surprisingly large handful of other authors who… Read More