Writing Tool: ProWritingAid

DISCLAIMER: All editing software should be used at the discretion of the writer. Editing tools are NOT substitutes for editors to assist with your novel or book. This should be used to help your writing BEFORE editing so you turn in a cleaner copy. PLEASE USE AN EDITOR IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR EXTENSIVE EDITS OR ...

Outlining

For the last few days, I've been plotting my next several projects. Some PMed or left me email, asking about my drafting process, which facilitated this post. I’m working on my second outline out of five, so I expect to be busy for a while. There is no right way to draft when referring to planning ...

Three Reasons Why Rough Drafts are Important

I’m going back to basics today and will explain three reasons why rough drafts are important. (I know, some of you may be looking at me strange, but I swear it’s true. Everyone in each profession does this. What do you think a business plan is?) So let’s get to it, shall we?   #1: Your rough draft is ...

Renegade Review’s First Issue

I'm excited to announce that I've finally finished the first issue of my newsletter. After two years, I finally wanted to help others in the communities I'm in when presented with questions. Many of them are the same and I have covered hints and tips for your success. I've also added an easy way to sign ...

Outlining a Novel Effectively

Outlining is one of the hardest parts of novel writing for me because this means I have to cut out things that I usually thought were good at the brainstorming stage. For me, this stages involves the use for a program called Scrivener. Many writers already have this, so I feel it’s safe for me to ...

“Said is Dead”

There was an interesting meme that came out right after a close friend and I had a discussion about the word "said".  She was having problems using other words, and that is one major problem that many people struggle with. Said is an overly popular word that many people have come to "accept" in writing, ...

Product Review: OneNote

Over December, I downloaded OneNote and started using it on Skydrive that Microsoft has offered to its users. For those who are trying it out, it is an excellent way to take "baby steps" for those trying out Microsoft products, such as Word and Excel. But, let's get back to OneNote. One thing that I liked when ...

Character Development/Sketching

Character Development/Sketching The whole premises of today's blog post is about a pet peeve that any real writer or reader has when reading a story. You're read the back of the book, looked at the cover and decide it's worth taking a read. Of course, you're going to go into your introduction, which is the opening that ...

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