What Good Music Can Teach Us About Writing

I was thinking about this the other day while on hold. I was waiting for a break in the music that signaled that someone was going to rescue me from the unending monotony, so when the music would change from stringed instruments music to a pause, I'd get excited...only to have the music start another … Continue reading What Good Music Can Teach Us About Writing

Editorial Reviews: What They Are and Why You Might Want One

Over the weekend, I've been learning a lot about the editorial review process (no, not the most typical thing to do on warm summer days, I know), and I've discovered that when we say "someone reviewed a book," it can mean one of two things. They read it and wrote a reaction. This is what … Continue reading Editorial Reviews: What They Are and Why You Might Want One

Introducing New Book Coaching Options

Getting published can feel like taking a gamble and rolling dice. Sometimes, your number comes up; sometimes it doesn't. But there are ways to increase your chances. You can rework your story so it makes more sense, so the characters are more relatable, the plot more believable. You can get a better cover design or … Continue reading Introducing New Book Coaching Options

Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel

As writers, we've been told over and over how it's much better to show a reader something rather than tell them, and recently, I wrote about how one can use dance to show a character's thoughts and how she changes. As a general rule, showing means giving the reader details: letting them see what the … Continue reading Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel

Dance as a Means of Showing, Not Telling

As writers and artists, we're always looking for ways to express things better, to show our readers and audience how a character is growing, developing, and changing, and recently, through watching The Glass Slipper, I encountered a new means of adding to the "show, don't tell" techniques: dance. The plot is that of Cinderella, with Leslie Caron … Continue reading Dance as a Means of Showing, Not Telling

Quote of the Week

I've been collecting quotes from books for years now and figure it's high time I put them to use. So here is the quote of the week:   "Pippin was bruised and torn, his aching head was grated by the filthy jowl and hairy ear of the Orc that held him. Immediately in front were … Continue reading Quote of the Week

How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing

I've been thinking about how we humans clean things up. Sometimes, we do it begrudgingly, sometimes compulsively. How we feel (and how close we are to a deadline) usually determines whether our efforts are frantic or methodical. When rushed or pressured, we can get rid of stuff we really should've kept, and I think this … Continue reading How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing

What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers

You can't always tell who's going to pick up your story and read it. Sometimes, readers are unpredictable. Those who don't read your genre may stumble upon it and read it anyways, and what speaks to one person won't to another. But you can tell some things about your own story based on the fiction … Continue reading What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers

The Power of Good Verbs

Writers are told to make their verbs work for them--which means picking verbs powerful enough to stand without modifiers and adverbs like "very," "slowly," "quickly," and the like. But sometimes this can lead to distracting the reader, where the verb used is so particular, so unique, and so unusual as to send them to the … Continue reading The Power of Good Verbs

How to Make an Old Plot New

Plots have been recycled ever since stories have been told, reusing themes like sacrificial death, the poor becoming rich, the ugly becoming beautiful, and other archetypes. Even great works like those of Shakespeare or Jane Austen can be traced to other influences, ideas, and concepts, but how do you make an old plot new? How … Continue reading How to Make an Old Plot New