Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description Sooner or later, most writers will get their hands slapped over description, whether it’s too much description or too little. The bad news is that this is a big deal in narrative fiction. Get the balance of your description wrong, and it could throw off your entire story. … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description

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

5 Instagrammers Who Are Crushing the Personal Branding Game

5 Instagrammers Who Are Crushing the Personal Branding Game Mike Monroe Instagram is a visual playground for 800 million users and counting, according to stats compiled by Smart Insights. While part of the social network’s draw might be following celebrity accounts, there’s another benefit: The platform offers stellar examples of personal branding. I’m not talking … More 5 Instagrammers Who Are Crushing the Personal Branding Game

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 35: Random Story Elements

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 35: Random Story Elements Even the simplest of stories aren’t simple. Most of them feature dozens of characters, settings, POVs, themes, conflicts–and on and on. A good story is made up of more working parts than most of us can wrap our little brains around in any one moment. Sometimes all these many working … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 35: Random Story Elements

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 32: Boring Opening Lines

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 32: Boring Opening Lines Opening lines are an art form unto themselves. They must introduce a story’s tone, the author’s wit, the plot itself, and, most importantly, a reason why this story is worth the readers’ time. Boring opening lines aren’t something an author can afford. And yet they’re harder … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 32: Boring Opening Lines

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 30: Describing Character Movements

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 30: Describing Character Movements Incorrectly describing character movements ranks surprisingly high among common writing mistakes. Within the confines of a story, a character can do only three things: he can think, he can talk, and he can move. Out of the three, the first two lend themselves most gracefully to … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 30: Describing Character Movements

Most Common Writing Mistakes: Stories That Begin Too Early

Most Common Writing Mistakes: Stories That Begin Too Early If there’s one thing you don’t want readers saying when they pick up your book, it’s “Get to the point already!” Stories have lots of ground to cover in their openings, and authors often feel as if they have to open early enough to give readers … More Most Common Writing Mistakes: Stories That Begin Too Early

Most Common Writing Mistakes: Weak Character Voice

  Most Common Writing Mistakes: Weak Character Voice Voice. That tantalizingly nebulous word is flung around so often in writing critiques and agent demands that writers sometimes get to where we almost hate the sound of it. Every author is supposed to cultivate a unique voice. But, even more than that, we’re also supposed to … More Most Common Writing Mistakes: Weak Character Voice