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 […]

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, […]

Symbolism – A Writer’s Hidden Treasure

Part 2

By DiAnn Mills, @DiAnnMills   Symbolism is a tangible items that means something psychologically to the character—and translates to the reader the same emotional response. James Scott Bell states, “From the start, we have a connection . . . .” The character(s) and the reader form an attachment to an object that no longer means […]

Symbolism – A Writer’s Hidden Treasure

Part 1

By DiAnn Mills, @DiAnnMills   Writers often struggle with how to incorporate symbolism into their novels or if it’s even necessary. How does it fit into premise and theme? Does it heighten emotion? Does it encourage the reader to see beyond the obvious? Is it part of the story line? How does a writer choose […]

Writing Through the Chaos

Tips to Keep Moving Forward When Life Happens

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson There has been a lot of chaos in our world lately—catastrophic wildfires, Unprecedented flooding with Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma—one of the largest ever. Even if you were fortunate enough not to be directly impacted by these large-scale events, chances are you have people close to you who were. Events like […]

Three Tips for Making a Swoonworthy Character

By Holly West, by @Holliambria @SwoonReads The word “swoon” is usually associated with romance, but at Swoon Reads we prefer the second, broader definition which, according to Merriam Webster, is “to become enraptured.” After all, as readers and editors, what we are really looking for is a book, from any genre, that sweeps us off our […]