On The Nose Writing (Repost)

What is on-the-nose writing? It’s prose that mirrors real life without advancing your story. No one chooses to write this way. It has nothing to do with your ability to put together a sentence, paragraph, or scene. Even pros have a hard time with it. I’m a big fan or Jerry Jenkins and recommend his […]

On The Nose Writing (Repost)

On-The -Nose-Writing

What is on-the-nose writing? It’s the number one writing mistake of amateurs. It’s prose that mirrors real life without advancing your story. No one chooses to write this way. It has nothing to do with your ability to put together a sentence, paragraph, or scene. Even pros have a hard time with it. I’m a big […]

On-The -Nose-Writing

No On-The-Nose Writing Allowed.

What is on-the-nose writing? It’s the number one writing mistake of amateurs. It’s prose that mirrors real life without advancing your story. No one chooses to write this way. It has nothing to do with your ability to put together a sentence, paragraph, or scene. Even pros have a hard time with it. I’m a big […]

No On-The-Nose Writing Allowed.

Writing A Novel-What Is Your Hook?

Have you noticed some of the books you pick up, you can’t put down. I have stayed up until 3:00-4:00 in the morning finishing a book, because I had to know how it ended. I’ve  changed my plans for the day, because I couldn’t stop reading. That’s the kind of book I want to write. […]

Writing A Novel-What Is Your Hook?

Common Pitfalls To Avoid In Your First Chapter

  Starting your story with the mundane. You want to provide a picture of your characters everyday life but it should be clear, concise and short.  Provide just enough information about normal so that when the situation changes, there is a notable difference. Don’t bog your reader down with page upon page of happy normal […]

Common Pitfalls To Avoid In Your First Chapter

Choose Your Words Wisely-Revisited

I have been accused and rightly so of on-the-nose-writing, overwriting, redundancies, and throat-clearing. I’ve also had a close relationship with the words “that” and “had”. I blame it on inexperience and just not knowing any better. Novelist and editor Sol Stein says the power of your words is diminished by not picking just the better […]

Choose Your Words Wisely-Revisited

The Five Most Common Mistakes In Beginner Manuscripts

This is one of my favorite blogs. I wish I could claim it, but the post was actually written by Jerry Jenkins. I love his work. If you haven’t visited him, I would highly recommend you do. He did put a disclaimer at the end of this article saying it was ok to share with […]

The Five Most Common Mistakes In Beginner Manuscripts

Calming Your Inner Critic (Revisited)

If you are constantly looking over your shoulder, you may not finish your novel. You will be too busy battling the thoughts of it not being good enough. No one wants to be humiliated or rejected. Your inner critic will paralyze you by telling you just how bad your writing is (even if it’s not).  This is […]

Calming Your Inner Critic (Revisited)

You Can’t Do This Alone!

I remember my middle sister as a child. She was the kid who sat in the corner with her nose in a book, didn’t play well with others, well to be honest,  didn’t want to play at all.  Her friends were imaginary. I always thought that she was a little strange, and she probably was, […]

You Can’t Do This Alone!