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Getting the Most Out of a Writing Group

Writers’ groups are meetings where authors gather to read their work and get critiques from others. They typically meet weekly or every other week. Usually writers of just about any genre and skill level are welcome. Whether you are reading or commenting you can learn...

Using Foreshadowing and Tie Backs

Foreshadowing and Tie Backs are two useful literary tools. Foreshadowing means a writer provides a hint about an upcoming event. Here’s an example from my first novel, with a news reporter speaking to my protagonist. The foreshadowing passage goes like this      “I ran across Bradshaw...

Show or Tell, But Not Both—Usually

Showing instead of telling is one of the first tips new writers learn. Newbies may write, “he looked embarrassed,” but as they gain experience they write, “he covered his face with his hands.” Now we know he’s embarrassed without having to be told. However, for some...

Use The Psychology of Threes to Enhance Your Writing

You’ve no doubt noticed how often items are grouped into threes. Because you’re a writer, think about well-known stories . . . Goldilocks and the Three Bears . . . the Three Little Pigs . . . the Three Musketeers. Marketing slogans often use three...

Real Consequences, Real Heroes

Here’s a common story in literature: A rebellious child goes against the wishes of a parent. As a result, this child causes all kinds of trouble for the family and society. This theme is present within two stories I enjoyed reading, both with a female protagonist who...

Who is Your Target Audience?

There’s an old story about a man who invented a new product. Someone asked him, “who is your product for?” “It’s for everybody!” he replied. It wasn’t, because no product, no matter how vital it may seem, will appeal to every person on the planet. The same...

Using Proper Punctuation and Structure in Dialogue

I recently edited a book that included the sentences below. Both contain common punctuation errors. (I changed the details to protect the writer’s privacy.)      “I can see you’re surprised,” he raised an eyebrow.      “Tell me more about your day.” She said with a...

Online Editors and the Polished Product

When writing a book, letter, review, or anything that other people will read, it is imperative to use proper grammar and spelling. So how do you check your writing? A professional editor or proofreading service would be a good idea for a novel. Reader's Favorites,...

Know the Three Defenses Against Libel

We all know that there’s abundant pleasure in being a writer. Seeing our words in print and knowing they’re teaching or entertaining others brings boundless satisfaction. But being a writer also has enormous responsibility. Our words carry large impact, and although most people write to...

Help Your Readers Achieve Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Anyone who reads fiction engages in a practice called the willing suspension of disbelief, sometimes called just the suspension of disbelief. This means readers know a story or movie they’re reading or watching isn’t real, but at some level, they pretend it is. It’s an agreement...