Category: Writing

How a Desktop Detox Saved Me from Total Burnout

Posted February 28, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How a Desktop Detox Saved Me from Total Burnout

Remember when I said I had to take time for myself? Sometimes the decision is made for you. If you listen close enough to your body, it’ll tell you when you need break. And if you ignore it long enough, you’ll wish you didn’t. Which is sort of what happened to me last week. News flash: […]

The Life of an Author with a Full-Time Day Job

Posted February 18, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
The Life of an Author with a Full-Time Day Job

Authoring is hard. Authoring when you work full-time and edit for a few return clients on the side is even harder. Every morning, I get on the light rail to go into work, and I’m filled with thoughts and plans and ideas, high on the fact that I just got 30 minutes of quality writing or […]

Why “Never Use Adverbs” Is Bad Writing Advice

Posted August 20, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Why “Never Use Adverbs” Is Bad Writing Advice

Let’s debunk this bad boy. Beyond the fact that “never” is an adverb, which is a fun little irony for you. What IS an adverb? An adverb is more than a word that modifies a verb — but it’s a good start. Adverbs are versatile little words that can modify anything except nouns. (Because if a […]

On the Comparison Trap

Posted August 13, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On the Comparison Trap

Listen, writers, we need to talk. As lonely as writing can be, sometimes it can be even lonelier when you see your writing buddies or role models slapping down more words and publishing more successful books than you are. It’s easy to forget we’re unique. That we have circumstances or skills or brains different from […]

The Case for Reviewing Books as an Author

Posted July 30, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
The Case for Reviewing Books as an Author

Like many authors before me, my publishing journey began as a reader. Although my mother claims she once had to force me to read, I (thankfully) have none of those horrifying memories. In 2011, I took my love of books to the next level by starting a book blog, On a Book Bender, where I […]