5 great tips for writers of picture books.
How to recognise problems in your manuscript and how to decide whether they are fixable or whether the novel needs to be put aside.
I’ll admit to being wary of using the word ‘was’ in my writing, though I’ve now come to be a little more accepting of it. Author Emma Darwin makes some good points about why ‘was’ isn’t as bad as a lot of writers are led to believe. She tells how often it isn’t the word ‘was’ that’s the problem and goes on to outline the underlying problems that are often blamed on ‘was’.
While it takes courage for a writer to put his/her work out there to get published, this article talks about having the courage to realise your work may not be publishable and to hold back from publishing. It specifically targets writers who either think their writing doesn’t need fixing because they think an editor will sort it out, or those who want to self-publish after being rejected by traditional publishers.
You know those tricky words, like ‘lie’ and ‘lay’? This post clears up some of the confusion with commonly misused words.
This post outlines when it’s ok to have a passive protagonist and when it’s not.
A listing of everything you need to know about your story before you can successfully finish it. Written in the form of questions, the list covers the four parts of the story structure.
Tips for creating a blog with an appealing look and feel and how to avoid a poorly designed blog.
21 Tactics for getting people to ‘like’ your Facebook page.
6 points YA writers should keep in mind to use Social Media effectively.
Just for Fun
A funny (and true) evaluation of the stages a writer goes through after receiving a manuscript critique.
Based on the periodic table of elements, this table covers different aspects of storytelling, such as character archetypes and plot devices. A couple of my favourites: NEO (The Chosen One) and LOL (Evil laugh).