Category: Writing Tips

Why editing in a bad mood may not be a good idea

Think about how your day goes when you’re in a bad mood. Do any of the following sound familiar? Are you more likely to be grumpy? Have less patience towards other people? Do you notice negative things more? Do you overreact to small things? Are you less objective? These...

Feeling overwhelmed? Make a decision.

Does uncertainty have you feeling so overwhelmed that all you want to do is crawl in bed? It does me. Especially, because it’s been rainy here. I’ve been trying to make the best use of my time. I’m making a slipcover. I’ve learned new things from watching marketing and...

Overcome Writing Fear

Have you ever suffered from conflicting emotions about writing? You want to write, but fear it too. Does this sound familiar? I have a desire and need to write, deep down in my gut. Even when I’m not actively writing, I’m constantly studying and thinking about it. My shelves...

Cultivate Writing Bliss

When was the last time you felt excited like the woman in the photo? If you’re like many of the people I see posting about being stuck in a sort of Groundhog Day, it’s probably been a while. You may have even forgotten what this feels like. A moment...

Business Writing Tips

Business writing is both harder and easier than you think. First, business writing includes formal letters on letterhead as well as a quick email. That email you sent to your co-worker asking if she knew where the copy paper was, that too is business writing. Unless you’re in marketing,...

Time Management for Writers

I don’t want to give you the opinion I’m a time management expert. I’m not even close. But I have found a few things that work for me that I’d like to pass along. First, I’d like to suggest watching Laura Vanderkam’s Ted talk. I love her take on...

Dealing with Feedback

Dealing with feedback is something we have to master if we dream of becoming a published writer. It’s inevitable that at some point you have to release your writing into the wild. Which means someone will read your work and possibly leave feedback. And we know anonymous people on...

Dealing with Rejection

All of us will encounter rejection at some time in our life, some more than others. Writers fall into this often rejected category. It’s a fact of life we have to learn to deal with. I wrote a short story in January and entered it into a contest. We...

Writing tip: Observe the small stuff

This writing tip came to me on two separate occasions. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone with me to take a picture either time. We’ve been talking about show don’t tell in writing. This subject came to mind as we were driving to Myrtle Beach. Off in the distance,...

Writing Tip: How to spot ‘show don’t tell’ areas in your work

If there is any one writing tip that everyone agrees on it’s, ‘Show Don’t Tell.’ This is the cornerstone of reader engagement. There are instances where this doesn’t apply, I’ll get into that on another post. For now, let’s focus on the importance of showing. What is showing versus...