Category: Writing Craft

Write, Don’t Talk!

Don’t Talk… Write! How to Keep — not Lose — your Motivation by Sarah Tun I once heard another writer make a comment which made so much sense to me I’ve never forgotten it. For novice writers in particular, this message could be crucial to ensure to get your projects out of the starting blocks. Read More …

Comfort zones squeeze the life out of growth.

By Gina Burgess On Thursday, August 17, Tom Blubaugh will be talking about the differences between hobby writing and professional writing. This is a crucial question that the author needs to know the answer to before spending the time required to make money writing. It’s a commitment. It’s also risky. What if I fail? What Read More …

Creative tactics in writing craft

by Gina Burgess I’ve been an editor for a long time, both in newspaper and various other industries. I learned a lot about editing then and while earning my Master’s, but most of what I have learned is through reading (fiction and non-fiction) since I was a little girl. Since I’ve been reviewing books, I’ve Read More …

Weeding Out the Dross

by Sarah Tun  Writing is an art… and a science. Just like in gardening, you want to weed out the bad stuff so the good stuff can shine and breathe and spark a reader’s imagination. It’s obvious that writing is an art, but perhaps not so clear there is a science to the process of Read More …

Craft: Can you spot a liar?

by Randy Ingermanson Every person on the planet tells lies. Which means your characters all tell lies. Wouldn’t it be cool if you knew exactly what lying looks like so you could show it to your readers? Yeah, that would be cool. I’ve been watching the TV series LIE TO ME on Netflix lately. The Read More …

Realistic Characters that are Believable

by Joni Fisher GATHER BASIC INFORMATION If your story involves characters in a specific career, then research it. You can learn basic information about any legal job from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ . For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook Read More …

Not the Grammar Police #2

by Sophie Dawson What’s the difference between then and than? Listen to people talking or read a hand written note sometime and you’ll invariably see these two words mixed up eventually. When proofreading, I see them confused many times. Then gives a connotation of time or place. The other than is a comparison. Seems pretty simple and straight Read More …