Writer Gripe: Standard Manuscript Formatting

If you’re a writer and have submitted pieces to publishers, you have undoubtedly come across “standard manuscript formatting.” (SMF for simplicity) This may seem like a minor gripe, but SMF seems wildly antiquated. Sure 12-point font, and New Times Roman font I can get behind. But double spaced? Really? This is the day and age... Continue Reading →

Breathing Room for Writing

Are you a writer?  You know that it is often said that writing consistently is key.  This is something I wholeheartedly agree with, and if you have followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that.  Do you know what else is okay, perhaps even helpful?  Taking a break once in a while.... Continue Reading →

Do You Need Approval?

Writing isn’t something that everyone understands.  From the outside looking in it appears easy and low-key.  If you are a writer, you know that it is challenging work.  Writing a book includes research, time writing the thing, multiple revisions, and stressing over single words or phrases in order to get them just right. Outside of... Continue Reading →

Those Darn Titles!

Have you ever written a paper in High School or College that you feel was excellent, but the title was an elusive monster that just would not reveal itself?  I have, especially on those assignments that allowed me to pick my own topic.  Worse yet, when I was required to do a creative assignment, it... Continue Reading →

Are You a “Real” Writer?

Writers may seem vain, but many of us struggle with self-doubt.  We ask ourselves “Are we really writers?” regularly.  This is particularly true of independent authors, or traditionally published authors who struggle to find their audience. Being a writer simply means writing regularly.  If you strive to be a writer and write daily, then you... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Wanna Write!

Do you always feel like writing?  I would guess the answer is the same to the question, “do you always want to eat chocolate?”  There are probably moments where writing is less attractive than others.  Nothing we love doing is appealing 100% of the time. Some writers have more attraction to the art than others,... Continue Reading →

Writing and Observing

If a person is going to set out on the adventure known as writing, then he/she needs to observe the world.  It is particularly important to pay attention to cultural and societal changes. Paying attention to the news can be overwhelmingly depressing.  It will give the impression that everyone hates everyone and that no one... Continue Reading →

Can Anyone Else Relate?

This is how I feel when people fluent in English constantly use "to" when the context requires the word "too."  It's almost like people forgot the word "too" exists.

Free From Social Media

Last October I left Facebook and my Twitter account is now managed by by wife save for the occasional tweet.  Twitter I’m almost non-existent on and Facebook I left entirely, and I can say I’m happier without them. Both platforms are time-sinks and it can easily become a habit to unlock your phone and open... Continue Reading →

Do You Fear Writing?

When I have met people, who learn that I’m a writer, many of them reply with a sense of awe and then say something like, “I like to write but it’s not good enough for people to read it.” I’ve been surprised by the amount of people I’ve come across online and in person who... Continue Reading →

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