Revision & Editing: Not Optional

I know many writers think they can get away without revising or editing their work, or don’t know they need to, but trust me; it’s not a step you should try and skip. I’m speaking as somebody that knew nothing about revision or editing when I first started, and I came close to embarrassment. My... Continue Reading →

How To Emotionally Ruin Readers

Do you want to make your readers cry? Shout in frustration? Grin from ear to ear? You need to learn how to evoke emotion through your writing. These are some tips to help you evoke all kinds of emotions in your writing. Simple or Elaborate? "Write hard and clear about what hurts"-Ernest Hemingway. I couldn't... Continue Reading →

10 Common Cliches In Fiction

What is a cliché, anyway? When it comes to fiction, a cliché is something overused and betraying lack of originality, typically in the form of phrases, characterizations, and plot-points. These are ten common clichés I've noticed in fiction as a whole, but it's worth noting that Young Adult fiction tends to be especially guilty of... Continue Reading →

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