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

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

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

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