#5onFri: Five Ways to Keep Writing Through a Crisis

We’ve all been through a prolonged crisis this past year. The Coronavirus pandemic has challenged the routines of even the most disciplined writers. Aside from the pandemic, we’ve had to weather a barrage of exhausting political Sturm und Drang, and the painful, violent reality of racism in our communities. In addition to multiple crises on… Read more »

Writing Humor When You Don’t Think You’re Funny

[Author’s note: This is the first article in my new column series about humor writing called “What’s So Funny”. It addresses the so-called how-to’s, different approaches to humor writing, funny people who inspire me, and so on.] Some people are intimidated by writing humor. They think they just aren’t funny enough. And while it isn’t… Read more »

Never Paint With a Dry Brush

“Go slow, work on it a section at a time, and never paint with a dry brush.” Yeah, my dad may have been talking about painting a wall when he told me this, but this advice applies to pretty much everything else in life too—especially writing a novel.  Go Slow First off, writing a novel… Read more »

where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

Dear word nerd, The past few days we have witnessed events unlike anything we have seen in the United states, at least not in a long time. This situation has been weighing on my mind since Wednesday. In particular, I have been struggling to understand my role as a writer during times like these. This… Read more »

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#5onFri: Five Musts for Writing a Compelling Story Beginning

The beginning of your book, as much as the back cover or inside flap, is marketing copy. Your reader will give you wide latitude when it comes to your opening content, but if they’re going to stick around, they expect something enticing on the first page—a promise of things to come. Whether your first paragraphs… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Ways Journaling Improves Your Daily Life

Maybe you received a new journal as a gift this holiday season. Or maybe you bought one during a late night online pandemic induced session of retail therapy. Either way, now it sits. Like those unread books on our shelves, you eye one another warily as you walk by it. You’re overwhelmed by its blank… Read more »

Romance Writers: Do the Twist!

 Parts I and II of this article deals with ideas for writing a plot twist, big and small. Part III will take you through the mechanics, the nuts and bolts of making it happen. No matter your romance subgenre of choice, adding a twist or ten is a sure-fire way to keep your story out… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Things to Consider Before Freelancing Full Time

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal or financial advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available in this article are for general informational purposes only. Please seek a CPA or Attorney in your jurisdiction to answer any questions or concerns you may have before embarking… Read more »