Self-Editing? Look for These 5 Common Problems

Self-Editing? Look for These 5 Common Problems

Editing programs such as ProWritingAid will help you catch these problems. For most of them you can use your word processor‘s Find tool to search for the problems. Problem 1: A character is going to do an action. Examples: He was going to make retribution. Better: He...
A Story for Thanksgiving

A Story for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. Today I share a short story from my book, Crumbled, Tumbled, humbled—Saved. The (Grape)Fruit of the Spirit   Charles called to Marilyn in the shower. “There’s a message from yesterday on the answering machine saying the citrus is here. I’m...
Don’t Make Your Characters Do the Impossible

Don’t Make Your Characters Do the Impossible

I could enjoy the book I’m reading more if the characters would stop being contortionists. Every time they do the impossible, they pull me out of the story. This happened so often that I turned to see who published the book. I was surprised. It was a small but...
Which Is the Right Way to Write This Word?

Which Is the Right Way to Write This Word?

Just when you thought it was safe to write a word or abbreviation a certain way the guidelines change. Yes, trends exist for how to write words. Also, different publishing houses have different guidelines. You may research the word and become confused or unsure....
It’s Never Too Late to Write a Novel

It’s Never Too Late to Write a Novel

My guest today, Joanie Walker, gives hope to those who have always wanted to capture their life adventures into a novel. Joanie’s writing journey is a good representation of what writing hopefuls need to do to be successful. Read more about her novel, Drafted to...