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┬áspeaker tagsContinue reading “Ten Revising Tips for Writers”

Understanding Story Arcs

There’s nothing like crawling around the kitchen floor–marker in hand–to understand a book’s true structure. In my case, I map out arcs for every┬ácharacter. What’s an “arc”? Good question, because it’s a bit confusing. Sometimes you’ll hear “ARC” and it means “Advance Review Copy” for a book that has not yet been published. Other times,Continue reading “Understanding Story Arcs”