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6 Commonly Confused Homophones

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get your proofreaders and editor on your case with a vengeance, it’s falling prey to homophone confusion. Homophones are words that sound alike when you’re speaking out loud but have different spellings and completely different definitions. It might seem, to some, like a small thing – but using [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing|19 Comments

Dodging the Deus Ex Machina

The phrase deus ex machina is one that you’ve likely encountered throughout your literary travels. Latin for god from the machine, it describes an unexpected and sudden event which saves a hopeless situation. Allegedly, the phrase’s roots go all the way back to ancient Greece, where many a play would see an actor lowered from [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|10 Comments

How to Get the Most from Your Metaphors

Ah, metaphors. They are, and likely always will be, a major pillar of most fiction and poetic prose. A type of figurative language used to liven up descriptive writing, metaphors are primarily a comparison tool. Along with similes, they make up most of our well known ‘figure of speech’ idioms. However, where a simile uses [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|20 Comments

10 Ways You Can Improve as a Writer

One thing is for certain: to be an excellent writer, you can never rest on your laurels. You need to be constantly working on your craft, practicing and improving every single day. But life isn't a smooth cruise, is it? Finding time can be tough, and it can feel like getting those hours in the [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments

10 Steamy Tips for Writing the Perfect Romance Novel

It’s undeniable that romance is a hot topic (no pun intended). The genre shows no signs of slowing down, with romance novels continuing to dominate every other genre within the self-publishing and ebook sphere. At its heart, almost every romance novel is about the relationship between two people.  There will be minor characters and extras [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments

Making Minor Characters Matter

Any novel could potentially contain a cast of hundreds. Most of the important action, however, will only involve the protagonist and a few other major characters. But just because minor characters aren’t taking up the limelight, it doesn’t mean you have license to make them bland and unmemorable. On the other side of that coin, [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments