Why You Should Use Readability Scores

            Concise language. Plain language. Readability. You have probably heard all of these terms concerning writing at some point. Even though these words are used to the point of becoming trite, they do bring up good points. Your writing does need to be clear so that you can effectively communicate with your readers. One wayContinue reading “Why You Should Use Readability Scores”

How to Fix a Dead-End Plot

You’ve either made detailed plans or decided to let inspiration take you wherever it wants to go. Your novel is becoming a reality as you write your draft – until the crash. Suddenly, you discover a problem with your plans; inspiration takes you down a dead-end. What do you do next? Here are some tipsContinue reading “How to Fix a Dead-End Plot”

An Introduction to Eggcorns and Malapropisms

            Both native English-speakers and those who learn the language later can agree on one thing: English is hard! There are many complexities in English, including odd spellings and long lists of exceptions to grammar rules. A new set of problems form when you try to write what you usually say or vice versa. Today,Continue reading “An Introduction to Eggcorns and Malapropisms”

How to Balance Historical Accuracy with Readers’ Expectations

            Writing historical fiction can be exciting, but it is not always simple. Besides the necessary research about your chosen period, you also need to consider the assumptions your readers make about that period. Modern thought and conveniences often skew our idea of what other periods were like. You can balance your readers’ assumptions withContinue reading “How to Balance Historical Accuracy with Readers’ Expectations”

How to Develop Characters and Setting with Word Usage

Writers have many tools available to them for developing their characters and setting. These tools give readers clues of where and when something happened. Writers use descriptions, culture references, and many other things to develop their story. Another, more subtle, way of developing both characters and setting is by the words you use. If youContinue reading “How to Develop Characters and Setting with Word Usage”

How to Choose a Topic That Interests Your Audience

            Several weeks ago, I wrote on my old blog site about how to balance your writer’s voice with your audience’s interests[1]. You know you need to capture the attention of your readers so that they will read your writing and understand your point. Now, you need to determine what interests them. Everyone has theirContinue reading “How to Choose a Topic That Interests Your Audience”