3 Ways to Find Guest Posting Opportunities

3 Ways to Find Guest Posting Opportunities For writers, guest posting is one of the best ways to find larger audiences. For readers, guest posts are vital sources of useful information. And, for sites that host them, guest posts are an excellent way to attract more visitors. Guest posts are beneficial for everybody. The problem … More 3 Ways to Find Guest Posting Opportunities

7 Things Your Character Is Hiding

7 Things Your Character Is Hiding   Being able to write realistic, consistent, multi-dimensional characters is vital to gaining reader interest. Doing so first requires we know a lot about who our characters are—you know, the obvious stuff: positive and negative traits, behavioral habits, desires, goals, and the like. But it’s not always the obvious … More 7 Things Your Character Is Hiding

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV You know you’ve moved beyond recreational storytelling to serious writing the moment you discover you’re hopelessly confused about POV. Other than perhaps show vs. tell, no fundamental principle of fiction dogs writers more than creating a solid narrative—which often begins by understanding how to avoid head-hopping. It … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 61: 5 Types of Clunky Dialogue

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 61: 5 Types of Clunky Dialogue When you write excellent dialogue, you will simultaneously sharpen the rest of your narrative tools. When you write clunky dialogue, however, it’s unlikely readers will be able to engage with the story on any level. Happily, dialogue is usually one of the most enjoyable … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 61: 5 Types of Clunky Dialogue

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships Once upon a time there were two characters. They got along very well, cared for each other very much, always had good advice for one another, and always, always, always had each other’s back. The End. Oh yeah, and even though it’s hardly worth mentioning, there was … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 53: No Contractions in Dialogue

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 53: No Contractions in Dialogue What’s the worst writing mistake an author can make? It’s a broad one: doing something you think makes you look sophisticated and clever, when really… it doesn’t. A common manifestation of this is a conscientious avoidance of contractions in dialogue and narrative. I’ll admit I … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 53: No Contractions in Dialogue

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 52: Stagnant Story Conflict

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 52: Stagnant Story Conflict What’s so hard about story conflict? You throw your protagonist and your antagonist onto the page–insta-conflict! Right? Actually, not so fast. Turns out creating a fascinating story world in which dwells a fascinating hero and an evil villain is not enough, in itself, to create integral and … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 52: Stagnant Story Conflict

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 51: One-Dimensional Characters

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 51: One-Dimensional Characters The most magical moment in writing is when you sit down with a new batch of characters, turn them loose on the page, and… they come to life. They spring up from that flat, white expanse of page, and they’re real. They’re dimensional. They’re organic. They’re compelling and … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 51: One-Dimensional Characters

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 49: Weak Conjunctions

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 49: Weak Conjunctions Consider the conjunction. It’s one of the building blocks of solid prose. It links idea to idea, creates clarity, and offers emphasis in a solid punch at the center of your sentences. If it can do all that when properly handled, then you definitely want to make sure you’re … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 49: Weak Conjunctions