Cutting out Adverbs

By Vincent B. Davis II, @vbdavisii “For all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Stephen King’s On Writing. Isn’t it true? No matter how hard we may try to correct, edit, and rewrite our manuscript, there is always something left lurking in the material that […]

The Impossibility of Fiction

By Aaron Gansky, @adgansky Sometime after Flannery O’Connor’s death, her friends, Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, compiled several of her essays and speeches on writing in a book called Mystery and Manners. If you’re serious about the art of fiction, this is a book you’ll want to read and keep handy while you work. Go ahead, […]

Smart vs. Real Dialogue

By Todd Allen, @ToddAllenAuthor One unfair stereotype which plagues writers is how we hear voices in our heads (like there’s something wrong with that?). What most non-writers fail to understand is when writers focus on their characters’ thoughts, actions, and feelings inspiration sometimes manifests as words and phrases in our minds. Often this includes lines of […]

The ART of Exceptional Editing

By Deb Haggerty, @DebHaggerty     ed•it \’e-dət\ vt [back-formation fr. editor] (1791) 1 a : to prepare (as literary material) for publication or public presentation b : to assemble (as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging c : to alter, adapt, or refine esp. to bring about conformity to a […]

Does Your Writing Resemble Flabby Arms?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills While contemplating my next writing project, I took a critical look at myself, and I didn’t like what the mirror revealed. I had flabby arms. Some of you call these bat wings or fly-zones. I refer to them as dangling participles, nothing I want on me or in my writing. Now, […]

Word Count & Writers: Too Many or Too Few

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson As working writers, our lives sometimes seem governed by word count. We use these numbers to set goals, define projects and sometimes even determine our victories. But it’s important to also view these numbers as a guide to show us how far we’ve come. I remember in high school—the anguish I […]