How to Self-Edit Your Writing

A good self-edit can make a huge difference in your writing, but only if you know how to do it well.   Even if you’re planning to use a professional editor or Beta Readers (which I highly recommend), self-editing beforehand can save your editor/readers a lot of frustration and make the process way less work for…

How to Create Memorable Characters

All readers have experienced it at one time or another — that deep, resonant connection to a character in a book who, for a time, can seem almost more real than the people around us.  The best of these characters stick with us long after we’ve finished the book, informing us, lingering like an old…

Word Cities (Revisited)

For today’s blog, I’m resurrecting something from my archives that I wrote 10 years ago. Ten YEARS ago. Wow. That was back when I first started blogging, and before I took a several years’ hiatus from it.  But I found this little tidbit in my old posts, and I thought it might be interesting to…