Category: writing advice

  • Writing a Series!

    Writing a Series!

    Writing a series can boggle a writer’s mind before you get things figured out. If you plan to write multiple standalones with overlapping characters and world-building, then you have more freedom with plots. But if you plan for your series to be one massive story with shorter installments in each book, then you need to […]

  • Writing Is a Business!

    Writing Is a Business!

    Writing is a business, especially if you plan to self-publish. You need to start thinking like a business owner as well as a writer. Make time for the various writing tasks the way you would at any other job.That’s if you want to make an income from it, otherwise, write however you want. Or write […]

  • Unravelling Writing Advice – Every Scene Must Move the Story Forward

    Unravelling Writing Advice – Every Scene Must Move the Story Forward

    I completely agree with this. But there’s often some misunderstandings as to what elements are capable of moving a story forward. Most people think of plot movement, which is like the skeleton of a story. It’s the structure that holds everything together, otherwise your story is just a mass of flesh and gooey gross body […]

  • Unravelling Writing Advice – He Said, She Said.

    Unravelling Writing Advice – He Said, She Said.

    Another installment from Unravelling Writing Advice series. I find there’s a huge divide when it comes to using said/asked as a dialogue tag and when to use a synonym. I’ve read books that are extreme one way or the other and feel strongly that limiting to said is boring while overusing synonyms gets too much. […]

  • Unravelling Writing Advice – 1st POV Isn’t Automatically Closer Than 3rd.

    Unravelling Writing Advice – 1st POV Isn’t Automatically Closer Than 3rd.

    Another installment from Unravelling Writing Advice series. This is something that bugs me when so-called “experienced” writers claim that 1st POV is more effective emotionally than 3rd. Well, yes… but no. Let me explain. 1st pronouns might make a POV feel more effective depending on the reader, but if you want to make that emotional […]

  • Writing Has Ruined My Reading!

    Writing Has Ruined My Reading!

    Warning: This gets ranty. But since this blog is about ranting… Also, shout out to my writing buddy T-Rex who prompted this post. How he puts up with my rants, I’ll never know.  As I mentioned in First Chapters Are the Worst, I’ve found more and more books go against what I’ve learned as a […]

  • Unravelling Writing Advice – When to Hire and Editor!

    Unravelling Writing Advice – When to Hire and Editor!

    Another installment from Unravelling Writing Advice series. I’ve never hired an editor, and there’s a reason for that. Let me explain… When it comes to hiring editors, I’ve discovered there are three types of writer. The writer who gets an editor before they’ve finished their WIP or pays an editor even though they plan to […]