Tag: fiction

Legit Writing Contests 2022

Legitimate writing contests for the summer of 2022. Contests open doors, get you noticed.

3 Pro Tips to Up Your Writing Game

Are you ready to up your fiction writing game today? Here’s some easy-peasy, but super effective tricks of the trade. I’m sure you’ll be able to do these.

How Charlie Chaplin can Improve Your Writing

Watch any silent movies lately? If you’re a writer, you should. Using extremely limited narration and dialogue, silent films communicate story, motivations, and emotions. The defined visuals, expressions, action, and reactions show the audience only the essentials of the story. And no one did it more brilliantly than Charlie Chaplin….

Hidden Passive Verbs

There is a simple way to tell if a verb is passive or active: Find the subject of your sentence. Does the subject do the action of the verb? If so, the verb and the sentence is active. But if the subject receives the action, the verb and sentence is passive.
Easy-peasy lemon squeezy!

Recommended Summer Reads

My recommended summer reading list. I don’t get paid to recommend these. They’re just books I like: Sci-fi, Christian, nonreligious, biography, spirituality. What books do you recommend?

When and When Not to Write On Spec

    Kon’nichiwa, Writer Peeps! On spec. As a writer, you’ll hear that a lot. It’s short for “on speculation,” and it means that you write an article, a short story, a screenplay, book, whatever, with no contract and no promise of publication. You send… Continue Reading “When and When Not to Write On Spec”

Quick Reference Guide to Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction

For those of you who find yourselves either without a style guide, or too busy writing the next great American novel to get bogged down in the nit-picky details, I made you a handy-dandy, quick-reference chart for punctuating dialogue in fiction. Since most fiction is written in Chicago style (CMOS), that’s the style I used.

Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method

Ciao, writer peeps! I still have this eye thing limiting my screen time. Surely, there’s a blog post in there about serious writers overcoming all obstacles to express their craft. But I didn’t write it. Since I love you and want you to succeed,… Continue Reading “Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method”

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 5: Timeline

Yes, readers will notice timeline issues. And they will look things up for accuracy. They’ll either be impressed with your attention to details, or impressed by their own ability to prove the writer made mistakes. Your choice.

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 3: Subplot and Digression

Think of subplots as the bridesmaids at a wedding. Dress them up and put them in their places, but the party is not about them.

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