Want to help me get a standing desk? Check out the details in the donation box below the post and read my stories on Vocal! So chances are if you grew up in the church, you're pretty darn good at not boasting. You probably learned the hard way as a kid. But as a child, you have to … Continue reading I Boast: A reflection on false humility
Language is so dynamic. It’s constantly shifting. It changes from nuance to nuance depending on generation, culture, population, political correctness and slang. I’ve known of immigrants – Greek-Australians – who on retirement from work in Australia, decided to reverse-migrate, back to the old country of Greece, to live out their declining years. To their surprise […]What … Continue reading Reblog: What Did You Say? Favourite Idioms by Something to Ponder About
I've got a new WIP - and it's not fiction. For those of you worried about the fate of the elusive Project Pea, fear not! It's still my primary focus. And for others who may be concerned about the sequel to The Dragon's Den, once again, don't worry! I'm giving it some time before I … Continue reading A New Project…and It’s Non-Fiction?!
No. 17/100 100-word short stories for my 100 follower celebration! If I reach out right now, it's like I can almost touch that distant memory. The smell of the city fills my nostrils. My mom’s hand holds on tightly to mine. But none of that matters. There's a barrier in front of me but I can … Continue reading Wrong
Are your sentences overly long and confusing? In this post, I’m going to share 6 ways to improve your writing. Long sentences can be dangerous. When our sentences are too long, we tend to lapse into the passive voice and we risk making tense and punctuation mistakes. Run-on sentences also distract the writer and the reader. We tend to veer off course and […]6 … Continue reading Reblog: 6 Ways To Improve Your Writing by Douglas W.T. Smith
I'll never cease to find it hilarious that writers - the ones who produce giant books, keep up with blogs, and/ or draft article after article - get distracted so easily. We start researching for our work and go down a rabbit trail. We get a notification from our writing group and start responding to … Continue reading 3 Tips to Keep You on Schedule
When I travel, I get to see incredible sights. I get to experience history and breathe the air of brand new places. But I've found that some of the things I remember the most are the interactions I have with complete strangers. Why is this important? And why am I talking about it on a … Continue reading Human Kindness – As Told by Toilet Paper
Show, don't tell. Grammar. POV consistency. Don't make the first scene a dream sequence. Make your main character likeable. Sometimes, writing can feel like it's all about the rules. But are these rules that we can break? As many of you know, I'm working on a YA novel right now. I've been working on it … Continue reading Do you really have to follow “writing rules?”
Note: don't forget to vote for my 100 follower celebration by Friday! Right now, the vote is tied! It's very rare that I come across good writing books that are also short and concise. This book isn't necessarily a writing book, but it is a book that can certainly help to improve your writing, and … Continue reading Review: Good Writing Words by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
I'm not a publisher. I'm not a critic. I'm not even a bestselling author. But I still know what a good book looks like. This is a tough subject to talk about. While I don't want to be too critical - I have such an appreciation for anyone who has the guts to write anything … Continue reading Is Your Book Really Ready to Publish?