Blogging Resources

I’ve been at this for a little over a month, now, and am thrilled so far with the WordPress community. Thank you, everyone! I thought I’d put together a list of some of the resources I’ve found helpful, as I’ve found myself recommending them in comments frequently. Unsplash and Pexels: Almost all the stock images [...]

Where I Kick Ass and Where I Suck Ass in Writing

I've ventured back to Scribophile to get some of them sweet, sweet critiques. And boy, I got critiques. My first chapter of my novel went over so much better this time around (it's been rewritten) than the first eighteen trillion times I submitted it. Now that it's not just one big ocean of hatred (I [...]

To Infodump or not to Infodump

I worked on a neat little infographic for the better part of an hour, thinking I'd make this post pretty and succinct. Then I messed up the layout, got frustrated, and rolled with an entirely different blog post altogether. If you've been around the fiction-workshopping block a time or two million, you've heard of infodumping. [...]

10 Places to End a Novel Chapter

  Where and how you end a novel chapter can have a major influence on whether or not the reader feels invested enough to finish the book. If it's too long, they may feel they don't have time to read it. If it's unexciting, they may not care enough to read the next chapter. So, [...]

My Favorite Fictional Characters

For me, characters make the story. Needless to say, I'm a big fan of character-driven plot. Here's a list of some of my fictional homies: Wolf Larsen Wolf is the captain of the Sea Wolf, the boat in the novel ...Sea Wolf. He's masculine, tough, and almost a little animal in his nature. His simple, [...]

4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision

I wrote this post a short while back about how I like to revise my writing, which is accurate but unhelpful. This time around I have actual advice. Step One: Break Down the Workload Give yourself about 1,000 words to revise per "session." It may sound unproductive, but trust me on this one: the fewer words you edit [...]

My Favorite Words

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love the English language. I love all the inconsistent, infuriating grammar rules. I love how different every word is from another, how they're borrowed from all other languages. I love how words that sound the same mean different things, and how for just about adjective there are [...]

A Quick Guide to Avoid Head Hopping

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 [...]

3 Ways to Fix Wimpy Writing Now

  Don't write wimpy sentences. People don't read wimpy sentences. And if they do, they don't absorb them. Weak sentences are overlooked, even when they're meant to convey something important. So, in the spirit of instant gratification, here are three easy fixes for some common sentence wimpifiers: 1. Passive Voice Passive voice is boring. It's [...]