Category Archives: Writing Tips

Every writer has bad habits they are not aware of until someone (usually a professional editor) points them out. These are the most common, with tips on how to fix them.

SEEMINGLY CORRECT

It seems like I remind almost every author about this oversight: Many writers mistake the context of seemed, thinking it means “gives the appearance of.” More precisely, the context of seems is: “appears to be one way when in fact it is another – usually the opposite.” Therefore, as an example, if you say that […]

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Suddenly A Redundancy

It is suddenly time to pay attention to one of the most overused and abused adverbs in all of fiction and narrative nonfiction. SUDDENLY is way too frequently used, out of context, to manufacture drama. Save suddenly for critical situations where (sudden) time can make the difference between winning or losing – life or death. […]

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