Understanding Point of View in Writing

Before you begin to write your story, you should decide who is going to tell your story. Will it be a character within the story? Or someone outside of it?

Looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each narrative point of view (POV) will help you determine which best fits your story.

Overcoming writer’s block . . .

Get rid of the fear of the blank page once and for all! A blank page. A cursor blinking. Typed words begin to appear: I don’t even know where to start because my head is filled with more false starts than good ideas but maybe if I just start typing, something will eventually come outContinue reading “Overcoming writer’s block . . .”

4 Reasons to use a style sheet . . .

What is a style sheet? And why use one? A style sheet is a document editors and authors use to record all the style decisions they make for a particular manuscript, often different from those found in a style manual or in-house style guide. They inform the author and editor about spelling choices, punctuation, numbers/dates,Continue reading “4 Reasons to use a style sheet . . .”

Consider gender-neutral pronouns . . .

A Review of A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson “. . . we’re trying to create an environment where all are welcome in our lives and spaces . . . and this will eventually become the norm.” — from A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them PronounsContinue reading “Consider gender-neutral pronouns . . .”

What authors should know about copyright laws . . .

Copyright protects original works in fixed form — that is, copyright protects the expression of an idea, but not the idea itself. Copyright applies to all original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. However, copyright does not last forever. Authors, editors, and publishers should have a thorough knowledge of the copyright laws of their countryContinue reading “What authors should know about copyright laws . . .”

Why are styles in Microsoft Word important?

Don’t leave your manuscript without style . . . at least put some “clothes” on it! I receive a lot of manuscripts from self-published authors that have been manually formatted. That is, the manuscript is littered with unnecessary extra returns, spaces, tabs, etc., all used in an attempt to format. If you want your bookContinue reading “Why are styles in Microsoft Word important?”

I am a reader, and I judge a book by its cover.

I did not edit the book in this image. The book was published by Random House, but I posted it here because it is a pretty awesome book cover. I know that for self-publishers, coming up with a cover image for your book may be difficult and expensive. But just a stroll through your localContinue reading “I am a reader, and I judge a book by its cover.”

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