Grammarly–online or resident grammar checker
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Grammarly–online or resident grammar checker

George Orwell lamented in his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language, that: “Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.” ‘Most people’ can safely ignore society’s grammar … Continue reading

How to Tell if Someone is Lying: Body Language
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How to Tell if Someone is Lying: Body Language

Over half of our communication is done with body language, not words. I study it so I can characterize the people in my books–their actions, hand gestures, facial expressions–and it has taught me a lot about reading people’s interior monologue–those ideas they don’t want to share, but inadvertently do. Even the best speakers have a … Continue reading

48 Collections to Infuse Your Writing
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48 Collections to Infuse Your Writing

For the next few months, weekly writing tips will revolve around word choice. That includes: colorful and original descriptions pithy words and phrases picture nouns and action verbs writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated … Continue reading

10 Hits and Misses for 2014
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10 Hits and Misses for 2014

Since I started this blog five-and-a-half years ago, I’ve had almost 900,000 visitors, 3300 on my busiest day, visiting the 1,097 articles I’ve written on every facet of writing. I have several columns: writer’s tips (sign up by clicking here) book reviews (Fridays) tech tips for writers (occasional) In between, I write what’s on my … Continue reading

Writer’s Tip #90: 11 Tips to Self-Editing Your Manuscript
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Writer’s Tip #90: 11 Tips to Self-Editing Your Manuscript

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read–Dogs
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How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read–Dogs

This is the next in the occasional “How to Write Descriptions” series. If you’re a writer, you know what I mean. You can’t just say, The dog laid down at my feet and fell asleep. That’s boring. It tells the reader nothing about how cute the dog is, how innocent his sleep was, how you … Continue reading