Archive for the ‘ Writing Tips ’ Category

Word Crimes: Erotica misspellings that bring out my inner dominatrix

In my spare time, I moonlight as an editor. Which is probably why I still find Weird Al's "Word Crimes" video amusing. https://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc But even if you don't care much for grammar, spelling, or finding exactly the right word for your purple prose, I think this video calls attention to several Internet writing problems. For one thing, B, C, R and U are words. As Weird Al Continue Reading...

Top 5 places for reading and writing in San Diego

Inspired by this list of the Top 10 Places to Read and Write in Chicago, I've decided to uncover the best places to read and write in San Diego. Here's what I've got so far... The Beach. Which beach? Any beach. Dude, it's the beach. Get all your light, fluffy reading done here while you work on your tan, or use your people-watching skills to pen the next beach read! [caption Continue Reading...

How to properly submit your work to agents, editors & publishers

I've been getting a lot of really random emails lately, from people who seem to be absolutely desperate to have their work published. Not necessarily published by me, just published by anyone. Desperation is never a good look, particularly when it comes to representing your writing. Hey, I was an unpublished, aspiring author once, too. In fact, all writers are still "aspiring" writers, Continue Reading...

15 minutes to write: GO!

Today is Martin Luther King Day, which means (for those of us in the U.S., anyway), it's a day off. Ignoring the fact that I'm a freelancer, which means EVERY day is a work day, this means that you've got a full 24 hours to devote to your writing. So go grab a timer, and set it for 15 minutes, and let's write! I'm doing this now, because I've got 15 minutes left before Sunday flips over Continue Reading...

Why SMART goals should actually be DUMB

So, I'm sure you've all been exposed to the usual New Year's Resolutions and rhetoric by now, urging you to set goals for your life and finally get some shit done this year, right? And most of those will point you to the SMART Goal formula of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely goal-setting that works for so many people. Or does it? According to this article in Forbes, Continue Reading...