Applying for the Grammar Police? Take this test!
AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING THIS WEEK!
COMMA POWER! Commas control sentence rhythm. Here’s how!
And a bonus: Don’t always cut “there are” and “It is.” Use them!
NEW AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING:
BEWARE THE HYPERCORRECTNESS TROLL! He wants you to obsess over “correct grammar” so he can eat your lunch !
DON’T LET “ILLOGIC” PULL READERS OUT OF YOUR STORY!
New at Just Can’t Help Writing: I share my temptation
to “illogicize”my plots. What’s yours?
AGAINST OUTLINES IN PLOTTING YOUR BOOK!
Well, only somewhat against. But you lose a lot when you plan your novel right down to the last scene! See if you agree!
New Post at Just Can’t Help Writing: What is “Voice”?
“Voice” can keep me reading your book even if I balk at plot glitches. But what is “voice”? Can I define it? Can anyone? I share what “voice” in a writer’s work feels like to me!
Let me know what “voice” means to you!
New Cover Draft for King of the Roses!
I need a bolder look for thumbnails. Tell me what you think!
BATTLE IS LOST: Welcome to “Singular They”!
A sad day for grammar purists: The Washington Post will allow “singular they”!
New Works-in-Progress Page at Just Can’t Help Writing!
Check out first chapters and pitches for books I’m working on. I’d love feedback and swaps for beta reads!
JUST NOW AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: Conflict, Not Crisis
Crisis on the first page is overrated.
Start novels with conflict and character.