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American vs. British

Admittedly, the different standards between American and British dialect used to confuse/go without my notice when I first started writing. I was so used to what I would read in my own books, that any diversions just seemed wrong to me. Only after I started getting involved in online writing communities and communicating with writers... Continue Reading →

Appositives

We use appositives all the time; they're the nouns or noun phrase we use for clarification. Basically, they rename a noun used before it to offer more information for the reader. Most of us know that instinctively, but a lot of the suggestions I make as an editor is about punctuation. Now determining whether an... Continue Reading →

Repetitive Beginnings

A common mistake newer writers, as well as established ones, are guilty of is starting every sentence the same way; for instance, beginning with the word "I." For me, it's either "I" or "So" or any other transition word that I subconsciously type while thinking of what to write next. It's that brief pause in... Continue Reading →

10 Ways To Remain Sane While Writing

J. Patterson Doyle

Feeling over-stressed? Overwhelmed by responsibilities and edits and runaway characters? Let’s face it. Writers work hard — and we don’t know when to stop. Instead we push ourselves until we’re threatened by burnout.

Here are 10 ways to remain sane while writing.

10. Make a schedule. I’m not a list maker, but I’ve found that a set schedule is essential for fitting in enough writing time. Otherwise? I spend too much time scrolling social media.

9. Read, read, read! Schedule regular breaks away from your writing to read and refresh your creative juices. After all, books fuel a writer’s mind like nothing else.

8. Feeling stuck? Give the story time to brew in the back of your mind. There’s a chance it’s premature and not ready to be written. Give it a chance to develop in your subconscious.

7. Can’t figure out your story? Afraid to take those first steps…

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