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.
Tag: writing tips
Getting Out of Your Own Way: How to start and finish a novel
In May 2020, I started what would become my first complete novel. I was thrilled with the achievement, as one is when accomplishing the massive undertaking of writing an entire book. Almost exactly a year later, I received the work back from a developmental editor who TORE IT APART. As in, basically said it had…
How to power up your query with charged language
Charged language is a method of conveying a specific way of thinking, implying more beyond the written word. When introducing your story to a publisher, your words must spark a feeling they want to explore, a desire that requires your full manuscript to quench.
Hustle Culture is real – and it’s not helpful
Hustle Culture is a real thing, and it’s a problem. This doesn’t mean that working hard or having big dreams is bad. But you have to do what works for you.
Common Grammar Mistakes & How to Avoid Them (Part 1)
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.
Publication Pitch: How to craft a pitch for paid writing
So, you want a successful freelancing career. Or maybe you’re looking to be paid for your passion. Whether you’re guest posting or aiming for a staff writing position, there are a few key elements you must include when crafting a publication pitch.
Primary Conflict: How to create the right conflict
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.
Moms Who Write on Patreon: Resources, support, perks & more!
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!
Finding time: How to make writing manageable
I GET IT. There is never time for anything. Basic existence uses all 24 hours a day and forever leaves me needing more hours. Most days, I don’t sleep enough. I don’t eat on a schedule. I’m just hanging on for the ride and putting out the fire that seems the most insistent.
What Beta Readers do and how to use them well
Beta readers are a writer’s secret weapon. In the early editing stages, they can add valuable insight to your manuscript before querying agents. But if you’re a writer just starting out, you may be wondering what beta readers do, and when to seek them out.