Vampire Verbs!

Verbs might be the single most important item found in your sentences. The two main classifications for verbs are Passive and Active. This article divides the classes and shows their differences. This section highlights the use of Active verbs, those most important to general writing. Active Verbs: This is the […]

Novel Physics

  One of the greatest difficulties a writer faces is novel-length writing. Be it fiction or non-fiction, many authors hesitate to get involved. Sometimes the largest intimidation isn’t editors or agents. It’s the thought of the commitment. “I’ll Never Get It Done” One hundred thousand words: a simple number simply […]

All About Book Signings!

Book signings have long been thought of as an author’s sole promotion. Almost every author has book signings to promote a book across the globe. No matter where you live or which mall you prefer, if someone gets published they will be there. Yet, this practice is often futile unless […]

The Enigma of Originality

It’s often intimidating for author’s to take a hard look at their competition. It can be frustrating when an old idea seems to take on a new interest. Instead of wondering, “Why,” we should be looking at, “How?” How did they do it? How could they take that well worn […]

Cliches, Conundrums, and Chestnuts

Hackneyed phrases, slang, and truisms should be eliminated from your writing vocabulary as much as possible. This is one time where you should not write what is commonly heard. These phrases are so overused they are loathed by writing professionals. Cliches are frequently combined into several groups. You may use […]

Kurt Vonnegut on Writing

Here are some excellent pointers from legendary, late author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) on writing short stories. These are also just as applicable to fiction! 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the […]