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Fiction and Style Guides

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]unctuation and grammar are tools in fiction, not rules. I’m not sure I can ever say this enough:…

What NOT to Do: BS your reader

 [dropcap]D[/dropcap]ON’T try to get by with a passing knowledge of something just because you think you know enough…

The confusion of setting

One thing I see happening a lot is micromanaging. You may think that this would be a good…

What’s wrong with my POV?

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately as I’ve been trying to figure out what’s broken…

Active vs. Passive Voice

The next in my attempt to add all those pesky things you get in your crits that you…

Filter words

I read a blog post on filter words a few days ago and I’ve gotten so much out…

Stilted Language

You’ve heard it said before, I’m sure.  The dialogue seems stilted. You may have asked yourself what that…

Making Your Setting a Character

No.  I didn’t scrap my wip and start over.  I tried but decided I was going to stick…

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