Somebody To Lean On | Cracking Down On Crutch Words

During editing, writers will often be advised to cut out their crutch words to make their writing snappy and less convoluted. These include unnecessary adjectives, phrases that state the obvious, and overused words. They’re called “crutch words” because they’re the ones we habitually rely on while we’re writing. Especially true with the first draft of […]

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The Role Of Candles In My Writing

Whenever a gift-giving holiday approaches and people ask me what sort of things I would like to receive, candles are usually near the top of my list. I’m a frequent visitor at the Yankee Candle in the mall where I work and get way too excited about candle sales at Bath & Body Works. An […]

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Beta Testing, Testing 1-2-3… | The Role Of A Beta Reader

 In fields like computer programming or video game design, beta testing is a way to assess a product from the view of its consumers by giving them allowing them to use and explore the product in the interest of debugging, figuring out what works, and where it fails. This way, these issues can be addressed […]

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To Be Continued? | Things To Consider About Writing Sequels

In my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to do an Independent Study with one of my writing professors where we worked one-on-one to begin edits on Guises to Keep.  At one point, she wondered if I planned on writing a sequel because the ending seemed a bit open-ended to her based on the […]

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