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5 Words to Delete From Your Writing

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Here are five words you can delete from your own writing to make it flow better.

1. That

This is the first thing that writers can get rid of. Occasionally you may need to include a that in your sentence and other times you may not. The trick is that when you delete a that, to re-read the sentence to see if it still makes sense after the word that is taken out. If it does, you didn’t need it. If it doesn’t, you needed it.

2. Anything that ends in -ly

You can rid yourself of almost any adverb in your writing because they weaken your prose significantly. And more so when they are overused it can pull the reader out of the story and you don’t want that. Instead find other ways to say what you need to.

3. Just. I tend to remove “just” everywhere except in dialogue. Sometimes its needed or simple how the character I’m writing speaks.

4. Really

The word “really” is another way to increase the value of a word without adding really anything. It really is best to avoid its use if you can.

5. Very. 

A useless modifier. You should be able to find a stronger way to convey what you need to without reverting to something like: The thunder was very loud. Instead try: The deafening thunder. It also rids your work of passive voice.

Go ahead! Try it for yourself.

 

Motivation Monday

New Monday = New Week!

Monday’s are for fresh starts! Who is with me?

Not to mention all the new goals and new plans waiting to be unveiled.

I’m not the biggest fan of Monday’s to be honest but I’m looking to change that. And I thought what better way than to bring you guys along for the ride with me and maybe see some positive changes in your lives as well.

So, how can you fall in love with Monday’s?

1. Make Friday Productive.

Have a slower start to the working week by preparing the best you can on Friday. Put in a lot of work on Friday. So you don’t have that much on your to do list for the new week. Get the most difficult tasks done on Friday so that Monday doesn’t have to be crazy and full of stress.

2. Create a Monday Ritual.

To start loving Mondays find a habit, a treat, or a ritual – something that you really love and look forward to and make it happen.

3. Stop derailing yourself on the weekends.

Most of us love to sleep in on the weekends but it isn’t always practical. You’ll find yourself getting exhausted fast. To avoid that keep your weekend sleep schedule similar to your weekday schedule and you’ll soon find yourself ready to take on Monday.

4. Change your mindset.

Stop telling yourself that Monday’s suck. The truth is they don’t. It’s just that for some of us the weekend never lasts long enough. Instead think of Monday’s as a fresh start. A new chance to go after things that matter most to you.

I hope this gives you a much needed boost to take back Monday and mould it into something you can learn to love.

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

Regret is a powerful emotion but and even stronger motivator.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

ONCE Mini Author Interview : McKenzie Richardson

Check out this awesome mini interview with McKenzie Richardson over at Iron Faerie Publishing celebrating the release of ONCE!

Iron Faerie Publishing

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We’re joined today by one of the author’s of ONCE… McKenzie Richardson. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for us!

When did the writing bug first bite?

I have always been writing in one form or another. As a kid, I wrote a lot of unfinished short stories. As a teen, I wrote endless song lyrics. After college, I wrote a few novels and now while I’m in grad school, I have been focusing on short fiction and poetry. I love writing in all forms and I am so glad it is something that I am always turning to throughout my life.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I really love creating something new. I have always been a total book nerd and the thing I love about books is that there are always stories to tell. Different events, different characters, different combinations, different perspectives…

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The #1 Thing That Will Make a Difference to Your Writing

Want to know the one thing that will make a difference to your writing?

Well I’m about to share it.

Get ready.

It’s reading.

Yes. READING.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. It can’t be that simple, right? Wrong! It really is that simple.

Immersing yourself in the genre you’re writing in not only helps you with language and style but also with finding your writing voice and it also helps with grammar and spelling. Something every writer at any stage can benefit from.

I don’t know about you but my grammar is often weak, especially in my longer works. But I’m working to improve it, and reading helps me to recall certain grammar rules.

It also helps your mood by helping you relax and centre yourself. Plus if you’re anything like me, reading a paperback book can aid in helping you fall asleep.

So, what are you waiting for? Go on and grab yourself your next favourite read and get cracking.

Paperback books are still my most favourite thing to pick up and read, but kindle is a close second.

What’s your favourite? Paperback or eBook?

Comment below!

Bonus points if you share the title of the last book you picked up and read or are reading!

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

I am predominantly a Paranormal Romance author. So, if you’re a Paranormal Romance writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

How to Make Writing Fun!

Whether you’re just starting your writing journey or you’ve been writing for years, you may have found the excitement has died down some and the lure of words on the page just isn’t as strong as it used to be.

Well… here are 4 ways to make writing fun again!

1. Use a writing prompt. Check inspirational images or word prompts on Pinterest.

2. Engage the world around you. What’s out your window? Write about it.

3. Flip the pages of your favourite novel. Draw inspiration from the page you land on.

4. Illustrate the last thing you wrote. Even if it’s bad. The drawing not the writing.

I hope one or all of these help inspire you to write something great.

And when in doubt… RELAX! The words come easier when you stress less!

Story Prompt Sunday

story prompt

Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

It’s us against the world, love.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

As I’ve been primarily focused on the paranormal/speculative fiction part of my Paranormal Romance brand as an author, I’d like to focus on the Romance part for a change… So, if you’re a Romance writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

ONCE Mini Author Interview : Andra Dill

Check out this awesome mini interview with Andra Dill over at Iron Faerie Publishing celebrating the release of ONCE!

Iron Faerie Publishing

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We’re joined today by one of the author’s of ONCE… Andra Dill. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for us!

When did the writing bug first bite?

Seventh grade, my Language Arts teacher let us write stories for extra credit. He probably meant it as a one-time thing but I bet I wrote a dozen stories (or more). Wonderful teacher! He read and commented on each one.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Watching a seed of an idea grow into a full-fledged story. (And finishing the story is tremendously gratifying.)

What do you like most about Speculative Fiction?

It allows me to play. I enjoy the freedom of letting my imagination run wild. I can create a world, fill it with colorful creatures and individuals, and see where it all leads.

Which authors have influenced your writing along the way?

So many! This is…

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Story Prompt Sunday

story prompt

Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

The clock had stopped at ten past two.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

As I’ve been primarily focused on the paranormal/speculative fiction part of my Paranormal Romance brand as an author, I’d like to focus on the Romance part for a change… So, if you’re a Romance writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

Once: A Speculative Fiction Princesses Anthology is LIVE

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This is Once Upon a Time… with a twist!

What happens when you combine fairy tale Princesses and Speculative Fiction?

You get a great many stories of wonder and intrigue with a dash of magic and scifi thrown in for good measure.

Because everything is better with Princesses!

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Story Prompt Sunday

story prompt

Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

The funeral was at eleven.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

As I’ve been primarily focused on the paranormal/speculative fiction part of my Paranormal Romance brand as an author, I’d like to focus on the Romance part for a change… So, if you’re a Romance writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️