I was ten years old in the year 1999. I had finally “mastered” the art of typing, and had just enough experience using computers to conduct my own Internet searches. Neopets was brand new and all the rage, so like many preteens in that era I spent a lot of time with the virtual pets … Continue reading Collaborative Storytelling and Your Writing
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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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
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 … Continue reading 4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision
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 … Continue reading 3 Ways to Fix Wimpy Writing Now
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 … Continue reading 3 Must Have Writing Tools
Writing for yourself is therapeutic. It's pressure free. It's unwinding. Writing something you want others to read, however, is a little different. Getting someone else to actually read what you've written isn't always easy in the first place, and just because someone is reading doesn't mean you're going to get quality feedback. Family and friends … Continue reading The Importance of Feedback (and how to get it!)