Category: Writing

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 […]

How Often Do You Give Yourself a Writing Break?

Posted January 29, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How Often Do You Give Yourself a Writing Break?

  Breaks come in all sorts of forms: the length of a walk, a few hours, a day, a week, months—forever? When was the last time you gave yourself a writing break? It seems odd to discuss writing breaks at the beginning of the year when everyone is pushing hard toward their 2015 goals. But […]