Category Archives: Writer Wednesdays

Writer Wednesdays: The First Draft

Know why it’s called a first draft? Because there should be a second, a third, however many you need to make your book perfect. So many authors seem to think once they’ve written the first draft, they’re done. I understand … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesdays: Dialog tags vs. dialog beats

Don’t use dialog tags and beats together! I casually mentioned this in a previous post, and I think a lot of readers were confused. Certainly some of my writers have been! Here’s the dialog tag: “I hate you,” Joe said. … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesday: Conjunctions

This is a tale of coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. What’s the difference? Coordinating conjunctions join two independent clauses; subordinating conjunctions join an independent clause to a dependent clause. Who cares? Well, the comma does. Because the comma has to … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesdays: Telling detail

Details are awesome. Fancy writing there, huh? But they are. They do so much in your writing. They are the paint we use to create a picture in a reader’s mind. Words don’t stay individual words when we read. They … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesday: Apostrophe s

Is there anything more annoying than the -‘s? (Well, other than tornadoes.) When do you use -‘s and when do you use -ies? Even worse, what about -ies’? It all comes down to possessive or plural. –If something is being … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesdays: $10 words and $1 words

I learned this phrase when I was working in journalism, editing a monthly magazine: “Don’t use a $10 word when a $1 word will do.” What does that mean? Simple: don’t say “azure” when you mean “blue.” Never say “azure”? … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesdays: Don’t Overexplain

One issue a lot of writers seem to have is overexplaining. They describe a situation, they describe the character’s expression, they tell us what the character says … and then they tell us why the character has that expression and … Continue reading

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