What is a writing warm-up, you may ask? Easy. Similar to any other warm-up, it’s a free-write. A word vomit. It works the writing muscle to keep it strong.
Almost any word you use will have a connotation and a denotation. A lot of those words may have several. Most of the time, you don’t have to overthink it. Exploring this aspect of wordplay is a game, an exciting challenge.
Over the month of April, we’ll be posting a lot about poetry here on the blog, including this series on Important Terms Every Poet Should Know. We’re going to start our conversation by defining two of the most important words of the genre: Poetry and Prose.
Happy National Grammar Day! We thought we’d celebrate by sifting through some common grammar mistakes in order to avoid them in future projects. A writer who possesses good grammar has a leg up when it’s time to edit.
Most stories in any genre are going to have a good amount of conflict. Actually, any novel I’ve ever read has several types of conflict, one following another, all tumbling like dominoes until the big finish. But your primary conflict is the most important.
We’ve been planning for months and trying to figure out how to formalize some of the things we’ve been doing in our group for the past year. Our community is incredibly supportive, growing larger by the day. But we wanted to provide our members more. Enter: Moms Who Write on Patreon!
Writing fictional characters is my favorite thing. Yeah, sure, the plot and the world-building. But the characters! They make the story for me. Their realness and relatability can take a book to the next level.
Blurbing, dear friends, is the art of condensing. We’ve talked about what a blurb is and discussed its essential elements. We dove into how to streamline a blurb and build emotional momentum by limiting proper nouns and decluttering our details. What’s left is to discuss is writing blurbs that progress —how to take those minimal details…
In the previous post of this series, I emphasized limiting details when writing blurbs. But why do that—and how? How does an author narrow down exactly what to mention, and what to exclude? Limit or eliminate place names The most obvious reason for this is to avoid visual clutter. Especially in fantasy or historical fiction,…