A visit to the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day tip article offers us this: 18. Communication Good writing connects with readers. For each piece you write, ask yourself: Who is my audience? Imagine the people you’d most like to reach. What do I want the experience and result of this … More Communication

Contradicting details

More than half way through the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day article, and I think I’m getting to the tips that are either repeating the first 13 tips, or going over my head. Let’s review the 14th tip: 14. Effective Details The key to effective description is to realize the importance … More Contradicting details

A dove’s gait

I have a hard time with word choices.  My vocabulary is stunted, shallow, darn near non-existent (I had to come up with that phrase at the end because I couldn’t think of another word for low, limited, very little).  I often come up with odd analogies and metaphors that paint awkward pictures because I can’t … More A dove’s gait

The Aha! Moment

I had an Aha! moment the other day. I don’t often get things, but now and then, a huge spotlight manages to pierce the darkness and I see the light. In may only be for a moment, but that’s all I need before I crawl back under my rock and ruminate the clear idea tattooed … More The Aha! Moment

Originality or Steal?

Ah, yes, originality! Or, better yet, as listed in my thesaurus: imagination, creativity, inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness, individuality, freshness, newness, novelty, uniqueness, boldness, daring, unconventionality, unorthodox, singularity. I have none of those qualities.  And the thing is, I like clichés!  I use them all the time in my day-to-day speech and, of course, in my writing … More Originality or Steal?

Can you hear me?

The third piece of writing advice in the Writer’s Digest article titled 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day is about developing one’s ‘voice’. Of course, you already have voice.  If not, then my apologies if I offend.  But most of us, by the time we hit our twenties, pretty much … More Can you hear me?

Writing a Novel

I’m completely re-writing my novel, Devil’s Blood, at the moment.  And I’ve tried really hard not to get distracted with other stuff.  But while re-reading some of my old notes on what I needed to check for on the old novel, I came across a list of things to search for and destroy. Things like: … More Writing a Novel