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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. […]

Editing Myth #4: Passive Voice Should Be Eradicated

Posted March 19, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Editing Myth #4: Passive Voice Should Be Eradicated

Passive voice and I got well acquainted while I was in grad school. It’s not just that it was often used in textbooks and the articles we read, though that is certainly where I saw the most passive constructions. During a semester of teaching advanced grammar, I actually taught it. And that’s why I’m baffled by […]