While writing, we often have a list of words that we’ll fall back on when we can’t think of another word to write. Sometimes, we don’t even realise that we’re doing it. It’s not until our critique partners, beta readers, or editors point it out to us that we see the repetitive word glaring at us.
“How could I have missed that? It’s as obvious as the nose on my face.”
Well, it’s quite easy to miss things when you don’t know that they’re a problem. However, the solution is surprisingly simple.
There is much confusion about commas and other punctuation. Often writers get them confused. Hell, even editors have been known to get a little muddled. For commas, there is a significant about of debate over the correct usage, particularly the Oxford comma. Many editors will agree that commas seem to be disappearing from text. However, one little comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence.
Those who are heading down the road toward traditional publication will be familiar with this beast known as a synopsis. Many agents and publishers require that you submit a 1/2-page synopsis with your submission materials. The chore of writing a synopsis that length is a frightening task and many writers have been known to want to run screaming. So, when I mention that writers should write synopses as an editing tool, it’s not surprising that many look at me like I’m crazy. But believe it or not, an “editorial synopsis” can help you craft the perfect story.
The publishing industry has changed in a big way, thanks to the Internet, social media and self-publishing. While some aspects have opened doors to so many writers who would have struggled in a big way to become a published author, there are some aspects that have actually closed the doors to traditional publication paths.
Writing is PUBLISHED the moment it’s in the public domain. Think twice about hitting that submit button to your blog or sites like WattPad. Let me explain further…
It has been a long time in the works, but finally it’s happening. Check out the new cover for “Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform” by Judy L Mohr, to be released August 1st, 2017.
The new trend of Facebook apps that access your Friends list is opening the doors to hidden dangers. Think twice about using them.
There is a mantra among many writers: to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. Many have taken this to mean that you need to read widely, reading every published book you can get your hands on. Some insist that you need to read at least a book a week while others spout off that it’s one a month. However, is all that reading of the published works really doing your writing any good? Let me explain.
Most users of Facebook are very much aware that the site developers are constantly changing things to improve the end-user experience. However, sometimes the changes mean that things go missing or unseen.
One of the changes means that random users can sent you private messages (PM), even those who are not listed on your Friends list. How many times has someone said they send you a PM and you have spent hours digging through your old messages trying to find the elusive message but to no avail? How many of those message requests has Facebook filtered such that you don’t see them?
Well, here’s how you can access your missing Facebook PMs.
While writers are often into their own worlds of fire-breathing dragons or sexual encounters with that dark knight, there is one topic that many writers struggle to write about: themselves. It’s ironic… Here we are, words flow easily on the page when discussing some fictional character, but writing about the one person that we know the best… You have got to be kidding.
However, writing a bio is not something that a writer should shy away from. There are so many ways to spinning what might seem like a boring hum-drum life and making it sound glamorous. We’re writers. We can do this, right?