Words of a Different Color

Some words beg you to use them in ordinary daily life, even though they’re out-of-the-ordinary words. The question will enter your brain: “Should I use it?” The following list is dedicated to such words. Amphigory = writing which seems, at first glance, to have meaning, but is only nonsense. Blatherskite = nonsense, or the person …

Writing Advice: People Don’t Arc

There’s a sort of misunderstanding in the writing world which has become a myth. The myth is that a character must have an arc. Before I get too deep into why this is a myth, let’s define what it means to “have an arc.” In case you’re new to writing, the “arc” that some advisors …

OK is not okay.

Since man lived in a cave the arguments over words have been enduring. If you’ve ever had an argument about words, you know how ludicrous the battles can be. However, if you haven’t, then you might be surprised at how many ways people can argue about words. The word okay, for example, has shown up …

New Novel

I finished another novel. When writers say they’ve finished a novel, they don’t mean finished. If you didn’t know, there are all these next steps after a novel is finished. There’s alpha reading, editing, revision, beta reading, more revision, proofreading, even writing the ever-dreaded blurb (that paragraph usually found on the back of a book …