Editor’s Tip: How NOT to Choke Your Own Sentences

Authors make some pretty terrible mistakes over and over again. I would know, I’m an author. But I’m also an editor for a small publishing company. Here’s one common writing mistake that can mean the death of a novel.   “Let’s jumble this sentence, add as many words, commas, etc, but not in the right places, and make this sentence as long as possible because, well, I don’t really know why, but I forgot I was still on the same sentence.” Watch your words. A few EXQUISITE words are a whole lot better than a bucketload of kinda-okay words. One of … Continue reading Editor’s Tip: How NOT to Choke Your Own Sentences

Oh, that’s why we suck…

When I was a teenager, my youth group went door to door to pass out fliers for the upcoming VBS. I remember vividly one woman who, hesitating through her screen door, almost took the flier, but then asked where we were from. When we told her, she stopped. Her voice turned cold. “Oh, I wouldn’t come.” She said. “I go to (Insert small-town church name). You’re welcome to come to OUR VBS, though.” When did churches start competing with each other for members? When did it become about what church you go to instead of about all of us serving … Continue reading Oh, that’s why we suck…

One of the Best Books on Writing EVER

I don’t get a percentage of this or anything. I just thought of it the other day and thought it worthy of sharing to all the aspiring writers out there. Yeah, it’s for news writing, but I picked it up for $1 once when I was, like, 16, and it propelled my writing to entire new heights. 🙂 Good writing is good writing, regardless of if it’s for news or a fiction book. I especially remember their section on descriptions. And, of course, if you want to get your writing start in journalism, this is perfect for you. Continue reading One of the Best Books on Writing EVER