May 2022

What’s wrong with repetition?


Fear of Repetition There is a moment in every writer's life when they become aware of repetition. Scanning through a single paragraph, the same word appears four times. It seems a logical editing process as well as an important responsibility as a writer to add variation so the reader doesn't

What’s wrong with repetition?2022-05-05T11:30:19-07:00

April 2022

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Whichcraft: That vs. Which


Which one is appropriate? Have you ever had trouble deciding between that and which? They can feel interchangeable, and it isn't easy to know how to use them. Every writer has habits, things they tend to repeat. These habits can form a cohesive style, but habits can also weigh down

Whichcraft: That vs. Which2022-04-25T17:47:17-07:00

March 2022

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Writing from inside the house, part II


This post is a conituation of Writing from Inside the House. Read that one first, then come here. Every author should work with an editor. The process of looking at your work from the outside has a formal name: creative development. An editor can support you in this process and

Writing from inside the house, part II2022-03-31T08:26:23-07:00
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Writing from inside the house


If you are working on any kind of writing project, your writing will have a larger structure that you need to carefully engineer. There is a psychological difference between creative sessions and addressing this larger structure. It feels something like the work of an architect drafting plans for a house.

Writing from inside the house2022-03-29T11:26:08-07:00
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What is the cost of publishing a book?


How much should you pay to publish a book? Reedsy is a powerful resource for anyone interested in writing, editing, or publishing. (Jessica has a profile for editing on Reedsy!) They do a global survey every year to establish average rates for editing and book design. Best of all, they

What is the cost of publishing a book?2022-03-23T11:39:16-07:00

July 2021

Nirmani Walpola on how her book came to be.


Author Nirmani Walpola talks about the inspiration for her book Nirmani here! You might know me from my very first book, The Midnight Warriors, but do you really know me? The Midnight Warriors went through A LOT of work before it finally got here. How much work? Well, settle in,

Nirmani Walpola on how her book came to be.2021-07-09T12:56:54-07:00

May 2021

Tom Swift


Around a century ago there was a series of adventure novels starring a hero named Tom Swift. These books were known for using adverbs with conversation tags in order to add extra emphasis: "The airplane is taking off!" Tom said quickly. "We've got to follow it!" Jane agreed enthusiastically. Adding

Tom Swift2021-05-26T03:25:56-07:00

Hack the System


Learning the System vs. Learning to Hack it Cory Doctorow wrote a an article called "Rules for Writers" which I keep coming back to. Here's the link at Locus magazine: Cory's article talks about his experience of two texts: One of the best books of rules for science fiction

Hack the System2021-04-30T18:02:42-07:00

April 2021

The Rules


Attend any writing group or writing class and you will probably discuss rules for writers. These are usually some simple things to remember that you can easily jot down in a notebook. Don't start a sentence with a conjunction or preposition. Show, don't tell, etc. These rules can be helpful

The Rules2021-04-30T18:14:01-07:00