Category Archives: Craft

  • Vulnerability


    As we approach NaNoWriMo, I’ve been thinking a lot about how writing the story on my heart is a powerful exercise in vulnerability. Never thought about it that way? Maybe you should. And, when you do, take pride in the strength it takes to engage in this kind of vulnerability. What got me thinking about […]

  • A Test for Weak Verbs


    If you perform a search for “was” and “were” in your manuscript, you’ll be shocked at the number of results you get. A glut of weak verbs, especially being verbs, are among the most common prose issues that I see in manuscripts. Now, it’s impossible to avoid being verbs altogether in a novel, and even […]