3 Must Have Writing Tools

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Using great tools may not automatically make you a great writer, but it’s also hard to write at your best when you’re dissatisfied with your word processor. Maybe the fonts are rendered poorly, or the interface is cluttered with too many distracting options. These are a few of my favorite writing tools for word processing and editing.

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A Quick Guide to Avoid Head Hopping

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Head Hopping: What not to do.

“It’s spelt grey,” said Bertha, slamming her fist down on the restaurant table. “G-R-E-Y.” How was Barnaby dense enough to believe otherwise?

Barnaby looked into Bertha’s beady, unintelligent eyes and seethed. “No, it’s spelled gray. G-R-A-Y.” He felt ready to up and leave her sitting there at the diner.

Close-Third Person: What you can do.

“It’s spelt grey,” said Bertha, slamming her fist down on the table. “G-R-E-Y.” Barnaby was such an uncultured idiot. Why was she even hanging out with him?

Omniscient: What you can also do.

“It’s spelt grey,” said Bertha. “G-R-E-Y.”

She couldn’t wrap her head around how stupid Barnaby was, and he felt the same.

Standing from the table, Barnaby slammed the cash for his meal onto the table. “That’s it; I can’t stand your pretentious spelling habits another moment. I’m going to the theater alone.” He felt…

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Handling a Bad Critique (Without Becoming Homicidal)

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You’ve just written a bangin’ chapter for your novel. You’ve looked over it for typos and grammatical errors. You even waited, sleeping on it before reading again in the morning. Everything seems to be in order, so you put yourself out there.

And putting yourself out there feels a lot like walking naked into a busy city street, all your goods exposed to the speculative eyes of strangers passing by. Will you get appreciate glances, nods or raised thumbs?

Or will people sneer, whisper to their partner, and cackle?

You know it’s a vulnerable feeling, but maybe this isn’t your first rodeo. You know your privateschapter is kickass and people are going to love it.

But then the first critique comes in and… the critiquer hated it. Their suggestions amount to more words than you even submitted.

“This style just isn’t doing it for me,” says one stranger.

“I’m…

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Weird Shit I’ve Had to Google

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Bullshitting has its limits.

There is a lot of advice out there that says you should only write what you know, and even more that says to write anyfuckingthing you want.

The problem with the former is that most of us are less exciting than the stories we create, and the problem with the latter is that if you get it wrong, someone is going to be uncannily quick to point it out and leave you a scathing review about how unbelievable it is.

So, here are a few of the things I have had to Google in order to write my current in-progress novel:

  • What does human meat taste like?
    And, when that only yielded a particular result…
    What does raw human taste like?
  • How long does it take for blood to replenish?
  • Intravaneous Immunoglobulin
  • Dogs sniffing out diseases
  • Direct blood transfusion
  • Rolled steel factories in Texas
  • Where is…

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Best Tagging Practices to Promote Your Blog

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Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are great resources for bloggers. These sites already have massive communities you can reach out to, learn from, and interact with –you only have to make sure your content reaches the right audience.

Most people who have used these sites before know that tagging is the means by which content reaches interested readers. Many social media users have specific tags they “track,” meaning they’ll see anything posted with certain hashtags.

These three social media platforms utilize tagging in different ways.

A typical Instagram post may only have a sea of #hashtags, with no complete sentences to be found. On the other hand, a Pinterest pin usually has a small paragraph underneath describing the image. This is due to the differences in how users search the sites.

#Clothes #fashion #fallfashion2017 is a less helpful caption for a pin than, “I love these looks for 2017 fall fashion!”

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Me, Myself, and I

I don’t know if this is the case for all other English speaking countries, but here in the US, kindergartners know how to use “me” properly in a sentence. For example, “Please call me if you need anything.” We continue to use “me” correctly right up until someone, usually a teacher, tells us sometimes “me” … Continue reading Me, Myself, and I

Know Your Characters

Characters are the lifeblood the story. You can fabricate a setting that lives and breathes, but without characters to thrive in it, you do not have a story. Characters without characterization are all but useless. Don’t get me wrong: they can still carry out all the actions the story requires, bringing it from beginning to … Continue reading Know Your Characters

Grammar Pet Peeves

Using “and I” Incorrectly Example: She invited Sarah and I to her party or She invited I and Sarah to her party. It’s one thing when someone uses “and me” when they should have used “and I,” but for some reason misusing “and I” is on a whole new level of obnoxious. It makes me … Continue reading Grammar Pet Peeves

Why I Write

I read a Reader’s Digest article (from the September 2017 Genius Issue) describing the phenomenon of bestsellers growing “simpler” by the year. This is not a commentary on the article, but a few quick thoughts inspired by its subject matter. I’m also currently reading Moby Dick. I am not particularly enjoying the read --no offense … Continue reading Why I Write

Always Bee Careful

At what point does a fear become a phobia, and where is the line that must be crossed before you get to call a phobia debilitating? I’m just wondering, because a few weeks ago, I almost killed myself because I saw a bee. I was driving about two hours north through the countryside, to the … Continue reading Always Bee Careful