Handle criticism by the lapels Reader question: “What should I do when someone criticizes my writing? This hurts!” Nothing hurts more than criticism for a Creative. If you are sensitive because of additional reasons, such as Asperger’s or surviving abuse, that makes it even harder. If your attacker (and that is what they seem to […]
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) interferes with your life This post may seem a bit out of the ordinary, but please bear with me. It applies to you, whether or not you know anyone with a traumatic brain injury. Family is important. The wedding vows say, “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness […]
Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, writing a book you decided on or an article you were assigned, sooner or later, you’re going to hit a wall. You’re going to need something to spark that creativity again, and writing prompts can help. You can find ideas in many places, but what if you need something […]
Help to get past writer’s block For this “Ask the Editor” post, we have the eternal question about writer’s block. Actually, several of you asked about this one, and it’s no surprise. Some define writer’s block as the inability to think of what to write. I don’t think that’s what it really is, and I […]
You will hear the “hone your craft” cliché many, many times as a writer, but not from me. I have heard that phrase so often that it makes whatever I recently ate want to exchange its one-way ticket for a round-trip ticket. UGH! You will probably never hear or see me use that phrase, because […]
Get ideas for writing Another reader question: “Where can I get ideas for writing?” Anywhere and everywhere. That’s the short answer. The long answer is… Anywhere and everywhere: the nightly news stories books you read songs you hear idiosyncracies of people you know watching people in the mall sermons or homilies newspaper headlines shopping trips […]
This might come as a surprise, but not all fonts are approved for commercial use. This means that when you’re creating products of any kind (books, newsletters, ezines, graphic tees, coffee mugs), you might not be able to use that type style you love so much. Fonts are intellectual property; they are software, and the […]
I’ve been compiling homeschool resources for you, and while I was doing that, I came across a link to a state electronic library. Sites like that can be full of great information, including things that can be hard to find elsewhere. For the public sites, it’s right there and available to the public. If people […]
You have a home to manage, and children, and maybe a spouse, and possibly some money-making ventures… You’re tired, and you may even be hurting physically. Brain fog sets in…how are you supposed to write anything?! That’s what this whole blog is about: how you can write, with all the other things you have on your plate. How to find the motivation and the energy, carve out little bits of time and space, come up with ideas, how to shape up the mess you see on your screen (or in your notebook), how to find a place for your writing in the world.
Some writers think they need to use fancy words, pull out the thesaurus and find something obscure, but most editors don’t like that. Use normal words, just not the same ones every time. If you say “ran” every time you indicate quick ambulatory movement, you might try “jogged,” “loped,” or “trotted” a few times in the book. If everything is blue, you might make something in your book red, unless a blue universe is important to your story. Highlighting the places where you wear out a phrase can help you see just how often you use it, and learning this about yourself will help you be a better writer.