ProWritingAid Editing Software Review

When it comes to your writing, a publisher’s decision can happen quickly. Often, editors know within the first two minutes of reading , or not. That may sound harsh, even unfair. But after 40-plus years in writing and publishing, I know it’s true. That’s why I preach . All writing is rewriting. Revision separates from wannabes. That’s where like ProWritingAid can be helpful. Note: This post contains affiliate links. If…

How to Overcome Writer’s Block Once and for All: My Surprising Solution

You well know the frustration. It comes time to write, and you can’t produce a single word. Maybe you’ve tried for weeks, months, or even years. But still nothing comes. You’re suffering the dreaded Writer’s Block while your writing dream, , and all collect dust in the attic of your mind. If you don’t find a cure soon, you’re going to give up—and your story will never reach the masses…

Writing Tips 40 Experts Wish They’d Known as Beginners

How I wish I had known as a teenager what I know now! At 19 I worked full-time as a sportswriter for a daily newspaper. I loved my job, but I was ambitious and wanted to see if I could sell a story to the Features editor. I worked hard on one, on my own time, and submitted it with photos. The editor’s response crushed me. In red pencil at…

How to Write Dialogue That Captivates Your Reader

If the dialogue you write bores you, it’ll put your reader to sleep. And unfortunately, your first reader will be or an editor. You can’t slip anything boring past them. Your job is to make every word count. That’s the way to keep your reader riveted until the final page—no small task. Making every word count is how to write compelling dialogue. Readers love dialogue because: It breaks up intimidating…

How to Write a Series of Novels Your Readers Will Love

Writing a series is daunting. Each installment must both stand alone and work as part of the whole. You’re forced to keep up with all the elements you exploit in a single novel and make sure they serve the entire entity: characters, plot, , everything. Having written six adult series and ten children’s series, I can say I learned quickly that I had to re-read the previous title before starting…

3 Reasons Authors Shouldn’t Worry About Piracy but How to Protect Yourself Anyway

 Guest blog by Joanna Penn New authors worry about piracy, especially in this age of and online marketing. Yes, piracy happens, but here’s why you shouldn’t let fear keep you from putting your words out into the world. 1. Serious readers prefer to buy books rather than download stolen copies Most of the reading public are book lovers, law-abiding (usually) citizens, and want to compensate you for your creative work. Trust…

Editors’ Wish List When Working with Nonfiction Writers

What follows is common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many novice writers skip too many of the suggestions on this list. You can get a leg up on the competition by following these to a T. And if you’re primarily a fiction writer, you’ll find much of this advice applies to short stories too.Jerry J. Guest blog by Karla Dial and Diane McDougall 1. When pitching for the…

How to Create Dazzling Dialogue

Guest blog by Gabriela Pereira Of all aspects of the writing craft, dialogue is by far my favorite. Maybe it’s because dialogue makes me feel like I’m in the scene with the characters or lets me see their dynamic personalities bounce off each other. Or maybe it’s just because I’m impatient and don’t like to weed through pages of boring description. Whatever the reason, I always look forward to dialogue passages……

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249 Strong Verbs That’ll Spice Up Your Writing

Do you ever wonder why a grammatically correct sentence you’ve written just lies there like a dead fish? I sure have. Your sentence might even be full of those adjectives and adverbs your teachers and loved ones so admired in your writing when you were a kid. But still the sentence doesn’t work. Something simple I learned from years ago changed the way I write and added verve to my…