Advice from Professional Writers (11)

One of my favorite things about this blog is when I come across topics that other writers find helpful in their writing. These posts will get the most views, and I think the writers I reach here are thankful for my love to share the things I’ve gathered in my toolbox over the years. IContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (11)”

Writing isn’t necessarily about Making Money

The Truth You can make money from writing. There are a lot of places that will pay you for your copywriting, or you can search and submit to markets looking for the writing you do, but more often than not, Writing is its own reward. There are so many other reasons we write, and ifContinue reading “Writing isn’t necessarily about Making Money”

The Short Story and the Author

As some of you may know, I’m not only a blogger, but I’m an author – Novels, Short Stories, Anthologies, and the occasional collection of pet stories. I also teach classes on Writing the Short Story. Why Write Short Stories? “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short storyContinue reading “The Short Story and the Author”

Advice from Professional Writers (7)

**Alice Adams’s Pattern For Writing A Short Story The ABDCE Pattern for Writing a Short Story “The letters stand for Action, Background, Development, Climax, and Ending. You begin with compelling Action to draw the reader in. The Background is where you … see and know who these people are, how they’ve come to be together, what was going on before theContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (7)”

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write a Short Story

(These questions work for both Novels and Short Stories) Who are your Protagonist and Antagonist? Without these two characters, you will find it hard to get going because this is where your conflict comes from. And conflict is what we want to read about. Your Protagonist has a goal, and your Antagonist opposes that goal. Can you tell your storyContinue reading “6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write a Short Story”

Common Errors in Writing

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging about the Parts of Speech, but I feel I need to change direction for a bit. As submissions for my latest Anthology came in, and I read and evaluated stories, I found a lot of common errors – and so, I will be addressing those over theContinue reading “Common Errors in Writing”

Parts of Speech: The Verb

All About Verbs I think that most of us are more than aware that ‘Verbs are ‘doing’ words.’ They show action, a state of being, or express time. We have present, past, and future tense. For most of us, we covered the basics in our grammar classes. He eats. (Present tense) He ate. (Past tense)Continue reading “Parts of Speech: The Verb”

Grammar and Your Writing

During the three years I’ve been blogging, I’ve written several items on Grammar, but I’d like to start from scratch with this new series. I’d like to go out on a limb and venture to say that many of us begin writing stories when we’re young. We move through school learning the basics of languageContinue reading “Grammar and Your Writing”

ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!

Hurry – class size is limited to SIX! As I continue my journey to help writers and artists prepare work for inclusion in either the ‘2021 Indie Authors’ Mystery Anthology,’ OR the ‘2022 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology,’ I’ve learned more about short stories than I thought I would. While I developed my checklist forContinue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!”