I completely agree with your comment about items listed in editing software are just suggestions. Giving them and you, the benefit of the doubt (since there are always two sides of every story), perhaps the editor wanted you to consider them and get back with them with your thoughts? I know from my own writing and publishing career that editors comments can be frustrating, but that after a more rational look at it, they more often than not seem reasonable. You, yourself has said that no other publication had accepted you in their ranks, could that be because of some…
and get your idea-popcorn popping
Whether you’re writing a novel, a short story, or a blog post, fresh ideas are your currency. Here are 70 activities that will enable you to come up with original and unique material. So, let’s heat up your idea-popcorn oil and get popping with fresh ideas.
1. Interview an 80-year-old person about their life, how things have changed, and what they are most grateful for, and what they regret the most.
2. Look at pictures for inspiration. Look online or, better yet, go to an art gallery or museum.
3. Step outside your comfort zone…
Every writer, from fiction to nonfiction, genre writer to poet, uses literary (aka narrative) devices to add depth to their books.
But they are not as daunting as your English professor led you to believe. If you think of writing as building blocks, and a book is an accumulation of words, sentences, and paragraphs, then it’s the literary devices that give your book dimension.
Literary devices connect persons, places, things, senses, colors, or attributes in uncommon yet clarifying ways. Those connections create depth, emotion, and resonance in your writing.
For example, it’s one thing to write —
The man was…
It’s a question that’s easy to ask, but hard to answer: where do fiction writers get their ideas? Creativity is difficult to quantify or categorize. Few authors can find the right words to explain how their story came into being — what sparked the initial idea, what was its evolution?
The most revered source of ideas is the Muse. This is where ideas pop like corn kernels in the author's mind. No overthinking or forcing the ideas in any particular direction — just glorious, effortless birth of award-winning ideas.
I call this idea-popcorn and it’s often attributed to the feminine…
Understanding how other successful fiction authors have cleared the hurdles we writers face every day is invaluable. It’s one thing to know that you shouldn’t dump the backstory all at once, it’s another to understand how to weave it in like a golden thread in a tapestry.
By taking a structured approach to your reading, and doing it again and again, the techniques and narrative devices used by successful authors will become part of your writing tool kit.
Below are ten steps to enhance your fiction writing through reading. You can download a free editable template here. …
If you think you can’t, you’re right. It’s a paraphrase of a famous adage attributed to the likes of Henry Ford, Norman Vincent Peale, Mary Kay Ash, Virgin in “The Aeneid,” or Samuel Johnson’s epigraph in an issue of “The Rambler.”¹
Regardless of who said it or when it still applies today.
But how do you flip your ‘can’t’ switch to ‘can’, or you aren’t <<insert your insecurity>> enough… to believing you are good enough? Here are 6 switch flipping strategies to enable you to believe you can.
As Marie T Smith says in her Medium Article, “I Faked It…
Prepare to breakthrough in five, four, three…
What writer of sound mind would ever use software that erased all of their writing — on purpose? I did and was surprised at what I learned.
In this category of self-proclaimed “dangerous software,” you lose your entire session draft unless you keep typing for the time you selected.
We’re not talking about a Pomodoro timer where you can leisurely type and do a little editing until your Pomodoro time expires. No, this category of software acts as both carrot and stick.
The carrot puts you in the just-write frame of mind. No…
It’s Scary out there
Every hour of every day I can list at least five reasons I’m not writing. So, for 16 waking hours, that’s a minimum of 80 excuses per day. If I had just written 10 words instead of giving credence to each excuse, I could have written 800 words every day.
So, why don’t I write when I want to be writing?
Before we start, you’ll appreciate (or hate) that this article is in first-person point of view, not because it’s all about me (although, it probably is) but because I prefer not to assume this applies…