Your Rough Drafts Aren’t Really Shit

Ernest Hemingway is reported to have said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Decades later, in her book, Bird by Bird, Anne LaMott had a chapter called “Shitty First Drafts”. And author Mur Lafferty is fond of saying, “Don’t be afraid to suck.” I understand what they are getting at. First drafts are rough. … Continue reading “Your Rough Drafts Aren’t Really Shit”

Is THAT Necessary? Sometimes.

One of my crutch words is the word THAT. When I’m editing a story, THAT is on my Search and Destroy list. But sometimes it’s needed. Here’s how to decide.

One of my crutch words is the word THAT. When I’m editing a story, THAT is on my Search and Destroy list. But sometimes it’s needed. Here’s how to decide.

United States OR America

Do you use the word America to describe only the United States? Then it may be time for a history lesson.

Do you use the word America to describe only the United States? Then it may be time for a history lesson.

Info Dumping

The pacing in your story is critical. Info dumping can bring it to a screeching halt. Here’s how to balance pacing with information.

The pacing in your story is critical. Info dumping can bring it to a screeching halt. Here’s how to balance pacing with information.

One Space or Two

Those of us who grew up typing on typewriters were trained to put two spaces after a period. Times have changed, dear ones. Do keep up.

Those of us who grew up typing on typewriters were trained to put two spaces after a period. Times have changed, dear ones. Do keep up.

Using Names in Dialogue

Getting dialogue right can be tricky. But overuse of names can cause writing to sound awkward and slow pacing.

Getting dialogue right can be tricky. But overuse of names can cause writing to sound awkward and slow pacing.