Tips for Writers: Talk to People

This isn’t a writing tip, exactly. It’s more of a marketing tip, and one that I expect many writers will find hard to follow….

Tips for Writers: Use Sentence Fragments Sparingly

I had been reading a draft story by a young writer who had fallen into a pattern of using sentence fragments. It was a…

Tips for Writers: Like vs. As if

I’ve been seeing a lot confusion over the difference between like and as if lately. I used to see it all the time when…

Tips for Writers: Being a Good Literary Citizen

This morning, a writer friend of mine posted some nice words on Facebook about my book, What the Zhang Boys Know. I appreciated his comments,…

Tips for Writers: She shrugged

I frequently encounter this sentence in the work of both students and would-be contributors to my magazine: “She shrugged her shoulders.” With student work,…

Tips for Writers: Blond vs. Blonde

I’ve been having a rather unpleasant argument on my Facebook page today. Here’s how it began. While editing a story for Prime Number Magazine…

Guest Post: Midge Raymond

5 Ways to Write When You’re Not Really Writing By Midge Raymond We are often told that, as writers, we are supposed to sit…

Tips for Writers: New Year Resolutions

I haven’t had the most productive writing year, for a variety of reasons (i.e., excuses). I’m determined to do better in 2013. It’s time,…

Tips for Writers: In Progress (What the heck does that mean?)

It’s been some time since I posted a new Tip for Writers. Sorry about that. I guess I’ve been busy. Today’s tip is prompted…

Tips for Writers: Forgivable Errors? (Plus Contest)

Win a free book! I live in a small town served by a small-town newspaper. The paper is owned by Gannett, however, so in…