Opening Sentences: Central Conflict as the Narrative Hook

Disclaimer: the following writing advice is base on the author’s personal experience of writing and does not represent any hard or fast rules. Your mileage may vary. The Very, Very Beginning Deep down, or maybe not so deep down, writers know the value of a good opening sentence. Because writers are readers and have read … Continue reading Opening Sentences: Central Conflict as the Narrative Hook

Sketchy Writing Advice: The Power of Rearranging Your Sentences

Disclaimer: the following writing advice is base on the author’s personal experience of writing and does not represent any hard or fast rules. Your mileage may vary. The Plight of the Back-loaded Writer Do your sentences ramble with a bunch of important details attached to the the ends? Like the equivalent of remembering relevant information … Continue reading Sketchy Writing Advice: The Power of Rearranging Your Sentences

Sketchy Writing Advice – The Time and Place for Passive Voice

Disclaimer: the following writing advice is base on the author’s personal experience of writing and does not represent any hard or fast rules. Your mileage may vary. The Passive Voice Narrative How to talk about passive voice as a useful thing? An okay thing? An allowed thing? So many of us as writers have received … Continue reading Sketchy Writing Advice – The Time and Place for Passive Voice

Pancake-Making as a Metaphor for Writing

I'm getting better at making pancakes. Rather, I'm getting better at making pancakes the way I like them, which is, of course, the point. Buttery golden brown, soft in the middle, with a rim of good, light crunch around the edge. Weekend mornings of my childhood featured light smoke drifting from the kitchen into the … Continue reading Pancake-Making as a Metaphor for Writing

Writing Update: Logo and Short-Stories Goals

Last week, I reached two goals: raising enough funds to commission a logo for Word Nerd Scribbles, and revising/submitting the third of this year's short-stories. Logo Goal I mentioned in a previous post about how my Ko-Fi goal was to raise $30 in contributions to commission a logo design. The accompanying image, with its whopping 193% … Continue reading Writing Update: Logo and Short-Stories Goals

Writing Life: First Rejection Letter

I have had, I would say, the unusual experience of receiving an acceptance letter before getting a rejection letter (as opposed to stunning, echoing silence in response to various queries). Yet you can't win them all, so here is my first rejection letter, from Dark Regions Press for their Deserted Island contest. Writers receive piles … Continue reading Writing Life: First Rejection Letter