#amreading: the best articles of the week 

As I try to improve my craft as a writer, I read articles about writing.  Here are the 5 best that I’ve read this week:  1. Novel writing basics: 10 steps to an unputdownable book This article broke down ideas on ways to tantalize readers. My favorite takeaway was:  If the reader doesn’t have a…

Heinlein’s 5 Rules on Writing

Last year one of my critique partners, Richmond Camero, gave me several ebooks. Two of them were written by the bestseller Dean Wesley Smith.  One of them was on Heinlein’s Rules.  Heinlein’s Rules, if you’re unfamiliar with them, are: 1 – You must write. 2 – You must finish what you write. 3 – You…

Revisions: the returns of the writing world

  “Christmas is saying thanks for some gift you’ll return” Francesca Battistelli belts out. We all know that December 26th is a big day for gift returns and that gift giving is one of the most stressful parts of Christmas. Writing is kind of like gift giving.  It’s hoping that the reader will like this…