You’re Already Writing What You Know

For some reason, this particular piece of writing advice is widely hated or loved depending on what you write. What I don’t really understand is why ‘write what you know’ counts as a writing rule. We’re all already doing that. This phrase shouldn’t be handed out as...

From First Draft to Last

If you’re anything like me, you rolled out of bed one morning, and at some point, you decided you were finally going to do it.  You were going to start writing that book.  So you sat down at your computer, and you began where most people begin… chapter...

How I Found My Writer’s Voice

It took a thirty-day writing challenge for me to find my voice. Luckily for you, it wasn’t publishing every day for a month that made the difference.  What helped me find my voice was figuring out exactly who I was trying to reach.  When you first start...

Simplify Your Writing

I’m not going to be attacking purple prose here. I love a good flowery book, so I have no complaints. What I am going to attack is complex sentences. Specifically, complex sentences that don’t need to be a part of your manuscript. What is a complex sentence? When I’m...

The Beginning

  The beginning of anything always feels like you’re stepping over the edge. Even as I write this now with all of the experience of the last few months, this feels like a more official beginning than any of the other prep work that I’ve done....