Why We Write? While wrestling with my students on why they should write—at all—I came upon a quote from Plato’s Phaedrus that helped me understand what exactly I wanted to express to them. In it, Teuth explains how he invented writing and Thamus is giving his critique of this new invention. ‘Those who acquire it … Continue reading Why We Write?
Top Three Rules for Descriptions When it comes to descriptions, most newbie writers—and even some vets—go way overboard. To some degree, I understand why. When I started, I did the same thing. In part, it was due to all those exquisite books I read and loved. Their words flowed through my head, and getting an … Continue reading Top Three Rules for Descriptions
To Beat A Grammarian: A Book to Help Editing (and keep grammar Nazis off your back) If you've ever had problems with picky readers that tear your self-published book apart, this book is for you. When I got my first reviews on the first Chewy Noh, ripped into the syntax mistakes and more. So I … Continue reading Have Trouble with Grammar Nazis?
My Top Three Pet Peeves in the Dialogue of Self-published Work Having read many self-published books recently, I’ve encountered three jarring habits among these authors that rip me right from my enjoyment of reading. To be honest, I have been guilty of them all as well at some point in my writing, and I hope … Continue reading My Top Three Pet Peeves in the Dialogue of Self-published Work
The Fine Line (of comparisons) As Buddhists say, “Comparisons are the root of all evil.” And despite bad judgment, the rule to follow for parents of multiple children. So, too, for an aspiring ‘anything,’ this is a golden rule too quickly forgotten. We draw comparisons between ourselves and every expert we come across. It … Continue reading The Fine Line (of comparisons)
Top Three Words of Advice to New Self-publishing Authors It’s been a year now since I started self-publishing. I’ve learned a lot, and the first thing I’d tell myself a year ago is “Don’t do it.” But I’d do it anyways. Why? You learn a lot. Self-publishing is hard. Any blogger with their book … Continue reading Top Three Words of Advice to New Self-publishing Authors
Top Three Ways to Strengthen a Scene One of the self-published books I’m reading now reminded me of these little tricks that took me an ungodly time to figure out and use in a more efficient manner. Many times, after you’ve written a particular scene, some inflexible part of our brain only wants to fix … Continue reading Top Three Ways to Strengthen a Scene
To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One) I cannot vent my frustration enough with these kinds of people! You know them—grammar Nazis. They follow the rules rigidly, and should a rule change, they ignore it vehemently, basing their adamancy on it not coinciding with some near-religious text they once read. In other words, zealots! But … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One)
A reprint of a long, classic post of mine.... On Reviews Yesterday, I got my first low review. It haunted me the whole next day, and what surprised me was that I didn’t expect it to do so. I had gotten lower reviews and middling reviews before. They are expected, and for the most part, … Continue reading On Reviews
Why I Want to Beat a Grammarian After finishing my first book, I quickly realized there were many things I didn’t know about writing. Clearly, I can string lines together and make them coherent, even sometimes cohesive. Yet time and time again, comments arose about my grammar. And, to be honest, I was shocked. I’ve … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: A Preface