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15 Tips for Awesomely Effective Self-Editing

15 Tips for Awesomely Effective Self-Editing

Note: NONE of this will ever replace the expertise of an experienced, professional proofreader or editor. You should never forego professional editing services if you want to stand out and be taken seriously as an author. However, these tips can help you get your manuscript in tip-top shape before you send…

VIDEO: Why I Like Short Stories and Flash Fiction–And a Few Writing Tips!

VIDEO: Why I Like Short Stories and Flash Fiction–And a Few Writing Tips!

Hey, everyone! It’s been a little bit since I have shared a vlog with you, but here I am. In honor of our blog tour we’re putting together over at The Short Story and Flash Fiction Society, I wanted to put together a video talking about why I enjoy short…

VIDEO: Tips for Building Believable Characters

VIDEO: Tips for Building Believable Characters

If you’ve ever struggled creating characters, well… you’re in the same boat as the rest of us. It’s difficult to build good, believable characters, isn’t it? Thankfully, I have some tips for you to try. If you’re already an advanced writer, maybe these will seem too generic. In that case, skip to the end so you can see my cats. If you’re willing to try a few things though, have a watch :)

On Overcoming the Fear of Writing

On Overcoming the Fear of Writing

It crept in and settled there, waiting, never leaving, not even if I was successful. That damn Impostor Syndrome. I felt like I’d always get turned down for everything, and if I didn’t, there must be some mistake or they couldn’t find anyone better, or it was just a one-time thing and I shouldn’t get used to feeling hopeful. If I wasn’t spending my time trying to convince myself to just get over my fears and make art already, I was chewing my fingernails because I’d made art but it probably wouldn’t be good enough.

It was bad. And sometimes, it still is. But I want to tell you how I improved–and how you can, too.

Writing Strong Characters

Writing Strong Characters

Photo courtesy of: http://www.rodneydodig.com/ As a follow-up to last week’s post about writing short stories, I was encouraged by a few of my Twitter followers to compose a guide on how to go about writing strong characters. It makes perfect sense–you write a solid story with careful planning, so of course…

Writing Short Stories

Writing Short Stories

A great example of how powerful a short story can be. There’s a debate on whether or not this flash fiction is actually attributable to Hemingway, but the point still stands. Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated my blog… I guess, as some of you know, I’ve been busy writing…