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Is Adverb Overload Dragging Your Manuscript Down?

If there’s one telltale sign of an amateur writer, it’s a manuscript crammed with adverbs. Adverbs are those –ly words, like quickly or angrily, that we tend to rely on in early drafts. But now you’re in the editing process, most of them need to go. Why? In simple terms, adverbs rely on weak verbs [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Editing, The Craft of Writing|2 Comments

Weekly Writing Roundup – May 19

Your Weekly Writing Roundup is here! Hit the links below and treat yourself to: Award-winning author David Corbett, who delves into eliciting real emotion in your reader, with his piece entitled Emotion vs. Feeling: How to Evoke More From Readers. Susan Spann getting businesslike with 10 Questions to Ask Before You Accept a Traditional Publishing [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Weekly Writing Roundup|0 Comments

Protect Your Personal Words with AutoCrit

Don’t you just hate it when editors inadvertently change the voice of your work? (Or maybe some of them do it on purpose, eh?!) After all, your voice is the core of what makes your writing yours. There’s little more painful than reading through your latest draft and feeling like the tiny quirks and sprinkles [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|AutoCrit Tips and Tricks|3 Comments

Guest Post: Do You Have What it Takes to Write a Book?

Today's post comes from one of our dear friends: sought-after speaker, educator and award-winning book coach, Lisa Tener. As a book writing coach, Lisa helps writers in all aspects of the writing process -- from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice, prioritizing projects, developing an author platform, setting clear [...]

Weekly Writing Roundup – May 12

It’s Friday, so... *drum roll*... Yeah, you know. It’s the Weekly Writing Roundup! In this edition: Benjamin Sobieck at Better Novel Project enters the fray with 6 Tips for Writing Fantasy Weapons. Standout Books do what they always do – stand out – with 5 Vital Tips for Escaping Plot Holes. C.S. Lakin explores how [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|Weekly Writing Roundup|2 Comments

The List of Clichés You Should Strike Down in Editing

Strong writing is crisp and distinct. Clichés are cheesy and amateurish. And you’re better than that. There are thousands of clichés out there, so it’s no wonder they sometimes creep into our writing during the drafting stage. But they can make your prose feel boring, unimaginative -- or worse, amateurish. Now that you’re editing, it’s [...]

By | May 10th, 2017|Editing, The Craft of Writing|15 Comments

Beyond the Three Act Structure: Supercharge Your Script with the “Matryoshka Effect”

Getting your story planned out in a solid three act structure is one of the first big wins when preparing to write your script. You’ve got your characters down pat; you’ve got your plot points spaced out where they need to be. You know your inciting incident; you know where the final battle will take [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Script Writing, The Craft of Writing|3 Comments

Weekly Writing Roundup – May 05

The week is drawing to a close, which means it’s time for the Weekly Roundup at AutoCrit! This time around: If you want to get the most out of your story’s conflict, Janice Hardy recommends you Put Baby in the Corner: Write Yourself Into a Corner. Writing Tips serves up a handy list of 50 [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Weekly Writing Roundup|0 Comments

Short Story Submission: 5 Steps to Success

Rejection often comes part and parcel with any short story submission. Sad but true. But how can you start to make rejection less of a soul-crushing norm (the kind that makes you want to run and hide the moment you hit "Send") and more of a random, but tolerable, hazard of the profession? Let's face [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Traditional Publishing|2 Comments

How to Make Your Writing Funnier — A Video by TED-Ed

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define great, he said, "I want to write stuff the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, and howl [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments