Ten Revising Tips for Writers

Here are the top ten revising rules I live by as a writer: Avoid adverbs whenever possible. Adverbs can signal weak verbs. Do a “find and search” for commonly overused words such as: just, even, that, really, going to, or whatever your pet-problem-words happen to be. Unless you are writing for young children, limit speaker tagsContinue reading “Ten Revising Tips for Writers”

Make Barbie Suffer…and other tips to add tension to your plot

Two of the best writing tips I ever got were from Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked during a workshop she gave many years ago at the Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds, WA. When we entered the classroom there was a basket covered with a cloth. “What’s in the basket?” we all wondered for the first five minutesContinue reading “Make Barbie Suffer…and other tips to add tension to your plot”