Year in Review (Writing) 2016

Year in Review (Writing) 2016 I’ve accomplished quite a bit this year when it comes to writing. Last year, I produced many more blog posts and wrote three of the Chewy books, so in this way, it may look like I was less productive, but maybe not. First, I finished ‘Chewy Noh and the Jamais … Continue reading Year in Review (Writing) 2016

My Top Three Pet Peeves in the Dialogue of Self-published Work

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

Top Three Ways to Strengthen a Scene

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

To Beat a Grammarian My anti-grammar Nazi book had finally been compiled, and as of today, will are released. It is a compilation of many of the things I've learned over the past year and a half while writing the Chewy Noh series. In the beginning, a lot of people comment on the poor editing … Continue reading To Beat A Grammarian

Top Three thing I’ve learned about writing in 2015

The Top Three things I’ve learned about writing in 2015 I’ve written three 60,000 word books this year. From them all, this is what I’ve learned. 1) Planning While writing the first Chewy Noh last year, I realized that flying by the seat of my pants with just one scene holding everything together is not … Continue reading Top Three thing I’ve learned about writing in 2015

To Beat a Grammarian: Parentheses

To Beat a Grammarian: Parentheses I had a friend once, who, when writing letters to me, would add roughly a parenthetical sentence every other line. Some found it annoying. I found it refreshing. It kept me on my toes. In this way, the camp on parentheses, clearly, is divided. Just ask anyone who has ever … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Parentheses

To Beat a Grammarian: Dashes

To Beat a Grammarian: Dashes With this punctuation mark, I must make a confession: it tends to be one of my favorite ones, and…I overuse it a bit. For this reason, when editing, I examine my dashes carefully. But they are so wonderful. So let’s get started. 1) Emphasis This should be clear to anyone … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Dashes

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Adjective and Noun Clauses)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Adjective and Noun Clauses) With the mention of the above two clauses, you would believe most people know when and where to put commas, but it can be deceptive. So let’s get started. 1) Adjective Clauses There are many ways to consider the comma in these situations, and for the … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Adjective and Noun Clauses)

My Top Three Quick Editing Notes

My Top Three Quick Editing Notes When I’m not busy writing, I’m reading, and more specifically, I’m reading self-published works to help those authors out. By doing so, I’ve picked up on three easy ways to improve any manuscript that even I am guilty of, but having seen them so often, these mistakes are now … Continue reading My Top Three Quick Editing Notes