#12 — Not using plain language Recently, I’ve seen some writers try to up their vocabulary. It feels as if they’re opening a thesaurus and writing the words they find down. Some of these words include specific plant or animal names, scientific words, uncommon verbs, etc. Grackle. Fervent. Reveille. Ostentatious. Imbibes. But it’s better to … More Common writer mistakes #12
There are many POVs with questions surrounding all of them. I want to break them all down and discuss the biggest concerns in different posts. Today, I’ll talk about 3rd person POV. 3RD PERSON 3rd person has the most variety out of all POVs. There are three types: 3rd omniscient, 3rd objective, and 3rd limited. … More POV talk: 3rd person
There are many POVs with questions surrounding them. I want to break them all down and discuss the biggest concerns in different posts. Today, I’ll talk about 2nd person POV. 2ND PERSON 2nd person is one of my favorite POVs to read. When it’s done well, it creates a powerful story. It addresses the readers … More POV talk: 2nd person
There are many POVs with questions surrounding them. I want to break them all down and discuss the biggest concerns in different posts. Today, I’ll talk about 1st person POV. 1st person 1st person is intimate between the reader and the main character (MC). You get front row seats through the MC’s eyes. It also … More POV talk: 1st person
ARCs—advanced reader copies—are important in the publishing process for every writer. The one major thing to do before publishing a book is build hype. You want your readers to jump up and down with excitement for your upcoming book. Quite similar to how many people freak out every time Marvel releases a new trailer. And … More ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?
Creating strong characters is hard but important for readers to stay immersed in the story. Here are three main tips to help write characters: SHOW THE ADJECTIVES Instead of saying, “Josalyn is caring,” show how she’s caring. Does she take care of a child? Is she always there for others? Does she risk herself to … More 3 tips on writing characters
#7 — Not developing characters I’m sure we’ve all come across a character in a book who we didn’t feel anything toward much. We weren’t worried for the character’s well-being. Which doesn’t help us want to continue reading. It can take many drafts to get into a character’s head and develop them on the page. Some characters … More Common Writer Mistakes #7
I’ve talked before about how writers should use adverbs sparingly. But I haven’t talked about good vs bad adverbs. Bad adverbs are like smiled happily. Or fiercely killed him. Or softly whispered. Readers can already tell she’s happy because she’s smiling. Killing someone is already fierce, and whispering is already soft. These adverbs don’t add much … More Good vs bad adverbs