Last year I ran a blog series called the Journey of Prose. This was successful mostly because I don’t think a lot of bloggers focus on the writing craft itself. Why is that? Because it’s difficult and controversial. There’s no real right or wrong answer when it comes to good and bad prose, but there … More 3 Prose Edits You Should Know
Welcome back to the Journey in Prose! Today’s focus may seem simple, but is paramount to improving your prose if you find yourself really getting stuck. This is a technique when you’ve edited until you can edit no more, and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to polish your manuscript that last 10%. … More Journey in Prose: Get Some Distance
So often when we approach the first draft of our novel, it’s with a sense of dread and foreboding. A novel is a massive thing to tackle and all kinks can’t be ironed out on the first try. That’s why we hand off our newborn to editors, beta readers, and critique partners. … More Quick and Dirty Editing
Welcome to Episode 3 in the Journey of Prose. If you’re behind, be sure to check out Episode 1 and Episode 2. Today’s focus is knowing when to worry about prose. Unless you’re a professional writer who’s been writing everyday for years (and knows what is considered publishable writing), then I wouldn’t suggest worrying about prose … More Journey in Prose: The 3 Levels of Prose Edits
We take a break from our Journey in Prose for a moment of inspiration. Writing with the intention to publish is not for the weak hearted, it’s not for the weak willed and it’s most certainly not for the unambitious. Publishable writing means endless waiting to hear back from agents and editors, rejections by the fistful, … More Do you Have a Goal… or a Dream?
Welcome to the second rendition of The Journey of Prose. If you missed the first of the series, click here. (This will take you to the original AJFlowers author site.) Today’s focus, 5 Common Pitfalls. The first time you took pen to paper and tried to write a story it’s likely that it came out simply as information. … More The Journey of Prose: 5 Common Pitfalls
The goal of being a writer is pretty simple: Transcribe ideas from Point A (Your brain) to Point B (The Blank Page – eek!). Of course that’s stripping it down to its bare bones. (Sorry all bards and minstrels that just rolled over in your graves.) So now the magical question, how do you accomplish this … More The Journey of Prose: Unique Style? Or Just Poor Prose