Novel Word Count: Does it Matter?

What’s the Word…Count? ‘To be, or not to be, that is the question’ (William Shakespeare, Hamlet). Well, at least for us writers it is. I possess an infinite love of the written word, reading it, writing it, quoting it. As a writer, I’ve been known to go on endlessly on any given topic—especially my favorite …

Diversity in Writing: How to Be Inclusive

Does your story reflect those who may read it? I previously wrote an article titled “Who Are You Writing For?” The focus of that particular blog post centered more so on the content of our stories, rather than the audience. The inspiration for that article was sparked by a comment from a friend. She raised …

How to Channel Your Creative Muse

How Do You Get Your Muse On? Today, I get to share with you one of my closely held secrets. I will share with you something that very few people may know about me—save for my closest of trusted brethren, those who have been privy enough to be regaled with my deepest of confidences. Until …

How to Avoid Cliches in Writing

  Cliché’s in Writing: Can they be avoided? Clichés, we’re all guilty of having used them at some time or another. You know–phrases such as; selling like hotcakes, nipped in the bud, in the light of day, or what goes around comes around. Clichés are used more than we realize in everyday rhetoric, these metaphors, …