Identify what your ideal reader looks like?
I recently heard someone call ellipses drama dots, and now I want to rename them. Drama dots sounds much more intriguing.
Readers need to know where characters are located in a scene as well as what the characters are doing.
If changing your mindset is not enough to get through writers block, here are a few practical tools.
Writer’s block is showing up because it has a message for you.
How do you decipher the message?
Beta readers are early readers who give you feedback after you’ve gone through developmental editing.
I know many writers are swearbears. Nothing can make a writer cuss louder than an unexpected Word update just when they’ve hit a writing groove and all the words are flowing easily.
Pantsers are writers who do not write with a plan. Outlines feel like handcuffs. They sit at the keyboard just to see what happens next, or who will show up.
We’re not talking fashion magazines, folks. In the book world, a style guide is the rulemaker you’re choosing to follow. And for writers in the US, the most accepted style guide for books is Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS).
The em-dash is one of my favorite punctuation marks. No worries if you have no idea what an em-dash is. I didn’t either until I became an editor. Well, I knew what it was, I just didn’t know its name.