#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words
Jan23

#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words

If you want your novel to suck less, try cutting out filter words. When it comes to narrative distance and filter words, it’s important for a writer to ask if the achieved effect of such words is on purpose. Filter words tend to slip in unintentionally and weaken writing. All stories have a narrator, and no matter the point of view, this shapes how events are rendered for the reader. A certain awkwardness arises when a character...

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#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini
Jan16

#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini

The tendency of writing what you know varies from author to author. Imagination makes countless scenarios possible on the fictitious page, but a degree of crafting goes into creative nonfiction as well. At any given point, writers are in varying degrees of shaping reality based on what they know and don’t know. Jason Pellegrini is here today with his first guest post ever to share his thoughts on age-old advice of writing what...

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#Publishing: What is Psychological Suspense?
Jan09

#Publishing: What is Psychological Suspense?

What is psychological suspense? What is any genre, for that matter? Hybrid-genre or cross-genre authors seem to be more prevalent among self-published than traditionally published authors. More power to a writer who can successfully merge genres to create a gothic-steampunk-paranormal-mystery-romance, but chances are a story attempting to do so is going to have some issues when it comes to marketability. Published titles stand a much...

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#BookReviews: A Man Called Ove’s Curmudgeonly Charm and More…
Dec12

#BookReviews: A Man Called Ove’s Curmudgeonly Charm and More…

The Swedish novel A Man Called Ove turned out to be my favorite book of 2016. I only finished it yesterday, so I did indeed save the best for last. When it came to this year’s goal of finding more reading time, I got creative to say the least. In order to reach my goal of fifty books, I included works published by clients as well as a steady selection of audiobooks. That aside, my list of books actually “read” comes...

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#AmWriting: How to Get the Writing Done
Dec05

#AmWriting: How to Get the Writing Done

“Writing is the way to get the writing done.” Thus ends Donald Murray’s aptly titled article “How to Get the Writing Done.” The author offers nineteen suggestions that put a different spin on how to tackle the daunting task of putting words on the page. The tone of the piece is admittedly tongue in cheek, but each time I reread it, I feel inspired. I’m gearing up to submit short pieces for publication on a regular basis in 2017,...

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