Verbs are the engines of language. They make things happen. However, they must be used correctly to convey your meaning properly. That’s done with tense. However, using verb tenses correctly can be challenging, particularly if you tend to write the way you speak.
The world of writing is chock-full of helpful pieces of pithy advice. Think “write what you know” or “make time to write every day.” However, the golden rule of writing, particularly fiction, is “show, don’t tell.”
My bio on my webpage and Amazon and everywhere else I can think of says I’ve been a writer since at least age eight, when I wrote a heavily plagiarized combination of Moses and Cinderella called Zelda. (Where the hell did I get that name? I hadn’t even heard of Faulkner!)
Without the proper guidance and support, it’s easy for your first attempt at self-publishing to feel like the first pancake. But the first pancake doesn’t need to be a throw away. And to help ensure that it’s not, DartFrog launched Canoe Tree Press, a full-service… Read More »How to Make Sure Your First Book Isn’t Like Your First Pancake
Author Anne Lamott once said, “I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts.” In other words, the editing process is where all the magic happens.… Read More »Proofreading vs. Line Editing vs. Developmental Editing: What’s the Difference?