Plotting, Brought to You by South Park

So, I was mindlessly scrolling TikTok this morning, as you do, when I happened upon a video of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, talking about story beats. Now, I used to be a HUGE South Park fan when I was an undergrad, so I stopped scrolling, intrigued. And, guys, I’mContinue reading “Plotting, Brought to You by South Park”

Stop in the Middle to Move Forward: how stopping before you’re done ensures future writing session success

Want another strategy to help break through a bad writing session and write productively every time? Try this trick for structuring your writing sessions to help build momentum and keep your story going.

How to Write Simple, Direct Academic Prose that Enlightens and Impresses Readers

So, simpler writing is better for academics. But how do you write simple when your ideas are so complex? This first installment of a three-part blog series explains just that. Curious as to how passive voice can help your writing? Read on to find out.

Academic Writers: Break through a Bad Writing Session with these 3 Strategies

Like all of us, you should probably be writing. But what to do when you’re plagued by frustratingly non-productive writing sessions? I’ve got the answers to make your writing sessions as productive as possible.

How Creative Writers can Break Through a Bad Writing Session

Do you start writing only to stop a few paragraphs or even sentences in? You’re not alone, and there are four problems that may be keeping you from having stellar writing sessions every time. Find out what they are and how to conquer them here!

Books on Editing: Self-Editing for Indie Authors by Michelle Lowery

What how-to editing book will help YOU hone your self-editing skills? This series of editing book reviews will help you figure it out.

30 Minutes to Better Writing NOW

In the last few weeks, I’ve talked about how awesome face-to-face meetings with your writing / critique partner can be. Not only are these sessions more immediate and collaborative, they also save you time! This week I want to check in with you guys. Has anyone actually done it? Have you talked with your writingContinue reading “30 Minutes to Better Writing NOW”

30 minutes to better writing: How to Talk to Your Writing Partner (Yes, actually talk!)

While you need to write as often as possible to improve your skills, what I’m suggesting is spending thirty minutes a week or a month talking to someone about your writing. Here’s how a half hour conversation with a carefully chosen critique partner or trusted confidant can make you a better writer.

Books on Editing: Edit Your Own Romance Novel by Ebony McKenna

What how-to editing book will help YOU hone your self-editing skills? This series of editing book reviews will help you figure it out.