Main character development
Tropes in creative writing
Writing a good main character
creative writing help
deciphering Trump Speak
first draft help
word usage errors
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Have you ever read your work and thought to yourself: This isn’t right? This reads terribly. The flow’s off and the sentences are bulky.
Well, there is a solution. Now, before you beat yourself up about having so many bulky sentences—let me tell you; all of us do it. Every writer on the planet writes terrible sentences.
I’m going to help you learn to spot a few of the most common errors that cause the dreaded clunky/bulky sentences and awkward phrasing.
A common habit I run into and must often correct/quell in many ma...
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Do you Know Some Big Words?
Do you possess, in your linguistic arsenal, a bountiful supply of ostentatious colloquialisms and a general amount of superior verbiage?
Awesome! Keep them out of your book!
I could write a whole other post about House of Leaves, which should be subtitled: ‘Look how smaaaaaaaaart I am!’ but I’ll leave that for another day. If I get around to it.
I’ve come across two manuscripts lately where the authors’ voices are lost amongst a forest of complex language. It’s almost as if the author is tryi...
Exposition: Not Even Once
February 13, 2019
Mel Edits TrumpSpeak (well, tries to clarify it in a way that makes some sense, anyway).
August 8, 2018
Mel Edits Trump Speak!
(Well, tries to clarify it in a way that makes some sense, anyway).
July 24, 2018
Clichés! Tropes! Tired Sentences! Oh my!
May 30, 2018
How to Convey Unspoken Dialogue in Your Fiction Novel!
April 25, 2018
Books That Will Boost Your Skills as an Author!
February 10, 2018
Say More by Writing Less! (AKA; clean up your awkward phrasing and clunky sentences.)
January 13, 2018
Thinking of padding your word count? Yeah. Don't.
December 21, 2017
Avoiding Grammar and Word Usage Errors in your Manuscript
October 15, 2017
My Freelance Content Editing Experience (so far).
October 14, 2017
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!