Are you an Over Writer?

It isn’t always easy to identify whether you overwrite, so here are a few clues: Your description language is overblown. Does your narration obliterate any ‘showing’ of your story? While descriptions are essential to set the scene, they shouldn’t be in a block of narrative. USE your CHARACTERS to describe the scene. Are you describing theContinue reading “Are you an Over Writer?”

The Starting Point – Effective Writing

One of the easiest ways to self-edit is to begin with effective writing. While you are writing the second and third drafts, you need to concentrate on the principles I will discuss in this blog. Currently, I’m editing the short stories that are coming in for the latest Anthology – 2021 Indie Authors’ Short StoryContinue reading “The Starting Point – Effective Writing”

M for Measurable

In my last two blogs, I started a discussion about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Last time, I wrote about the ‘S.’ Specificity is a solid start, but once you apply a NUMBER to your goal – it becomes measurable. Setting a quantity or making sure they are measurable allows you to track your progress, check in onContinue reading “M for Measurable”

Grammar – Summary of the Parts of Speech

*image source: ted-ielts.com Over the past several weeks, I’ve discussed the Parts of Speech on my Wednesday blogs. I think that writers need to understand the functions of all of these parts. To write well enough to entertain, engage, and tantalize our readers, we need to know how to use words effectively. We talked aboutContinue reading “Grammar – Summary of the Parts of Speech”

Your Manuscript and the Editing Process – Part Three

In my discussions over the past two weeks, I explained the importance of Editing. I stressed how you need to write the FIRST DRAFT before you worry about Editing. The FIRST DRAFT is when you empty every thought you have about your storyline. DO NOT self-edit as you go – it doesn’t matter how uglyContinue reading “Your Manuscript and the Editing Process – Part Three”