Words to Cut: OF

A strong manuscript uses strong, direct language, and vivid images, to convey its story or message. Leave your passive and weak words on the clipboard. It’s easy to ignore common words like THE, A, and ON when you’re editing because there’s so many of them that they start to blend into the background. Here’s one … Continue reading Words to Cut: OF

Setting Your Writing Goals – look back then forge ahead

Over the holidays, I hit a bit of an emotional slump. It happens almost every year due to my ongoing mental health struggles, and unfortunately affects my writing life too. As January 1st approached, I was feeling a great need to make 2018 better than 2017. At the time, it felt like nothing had gone … Continue reading Setting Your Writing Goals – look back then forge ahead

The Ache of Apathy

Writers are rebels by nature. For a writer, a sudden strike of inspiration is like a cold splash of water in the face. Inspiration provides a writer with their second wind, but it usually comes at a price. Not only can you not sleep once you’ve been struck, but heeding its call usually leads you … Continue reading The Ache of Apathy

How to Write Without Editing

HOW TO WRITE WITHOUT EDITING for the Sake of your NaNoing Sanity Every November, a battle cry can be heard across the globe as burgeoning writers take up their sharp implements against a common foe—the editor within. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is when everyone asks the same question: is it really possible to write … Continue reading How to Write Without Editing

6 Things I Did to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is fast approaching. If you’re participating, chances are you’re either scrambling to prepare or you’re sitting back calmly wondering if there’s something you should be doing. If you’re a true pantser, you’ll be picking up your writing implement of choice on November 1st without a second thought to the consequences. … Continue reading 6 Things I Did to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

LITBULBS: ML, no longer on the D/L

This article was published on silverleafwriters.com For almost a decade, I’ve been participating in this amazing worldwide event called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNoWriMo, if you don’t know, is to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Every November is an insane month of scribbling and typing for writers … Continue reading LITBULBS: ML, no longer on the D/L