You can't just make a cool video and expect it to get people interested in the book.Read More
The goals of crit groups and workshops are: the writer gets quality feedback; and everyone learns to critique better. Nobody is born being able to critique well. You have to learn from doing it.
Guidelines can help.Read More
Say what you mean. It’s so simple in books, right? If it’s an important idea, bold it. Or maybe italicize it. If it’s a section header, make it big. Chapter title, make it really big. That’s all there is to it, right?
Not quite. Not anymore.Read More
Commas congregate around the edges of rules. Some exist within the realm of necessity, but most commas waltz through lawless zones, following nothing more than a song in the author’s mind, required only, by their presence or absence, not to confuse or trip up readers.Read More
As my first blog post here, I tip my hand about what gets my goat as an editor of fiction: words of wisdom, usually tossed out at writers by other writers, claiming some thing or other is “against the rules” when that thing is actually just a matter of choice—of authorial style.Read More