Category: Writing

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 […]

6 Signs of Weak Fiction Writing

Posted July 23, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
6 Signs of Weak Fiction Writing

Nothing is more humbling than reading your earliest works and realizing how cringe-worthy they are. On the upside, they provide you with proof your writing has come a long way since the beginning. Take it where you can get it, I say. Here are some examples of weak fiction writing. Don’t panic if you find […]

Why Every Writer Should Get The Emotion Thesaurus

Posted July 16, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Why Every Writer Should Get The Emotion Thesaurus

Because writers are evil beings who are cruel to their characters. Wait. No. That’s not it. It’s because common problems that arise in manuscripts revolve around how writers describe what’s happening. I’m trying really hard to avoid the cliches like “Show don’t tell” and “avoid adverbs” but a lot of that contributes to wooden stories. […]

How Do You Take Care of Yourself?

Posted February 12, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How Do You Take Care of Yourself?

A couple weeks ago, I talked writing breaks and how taking care of yourself means taking care of your writing. But taking care of yourself can be vague. So what are the basic self-care tenants? 1. Get enough sleep If I don’t get my eight hours of sleep, it’s hard for me to function, let […]