Poor Man’s Copyright is a Myth

I am not a lawyer. This isn’t intended to be taken as legal advice. If you have an actual, legal question about copyright, you should address it with a real attorney. I’m writing about poor man’s copyright today. There isn’t a whole lot to this post, but I think the topic is important. I’d hate […]

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Bad Showing

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I had planned on rewriting my first Show and Tell post for you all today, because some of my older posts need updating, but I think the OG Show and Tell is fine as-is. I couldn’t come up with a reason to give it a complete overhaul, although I should go back at some point […]

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How to use dialogue tags without looking like an amateur

“Said is dead,” proclaimed an infographic I just scrolled past on Pinterest. It boasted several replacements for the old standard of dialogue tags, including words like “interjected,” “dictated,” and “chortled.” Hmm, I pontificated. I think this is blog-worthy. At the very least, it’s another bad writing rule we can discuss. I’ve seen–and ignored–this one in […]

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Opening stories with a character waking up

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Guess what? It’s time for another bad writing rule–with a twist! I’m not a suspense writer. Here’s the twist: This is going to sound like a bad writing rule–it has that key word never in it–but you really should take note. There is basically one exception to this rule. Here’s some background Never open a […]

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Writing to Market

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I was talking about my writing goals to someone in a Facebook group the other day, and they told me that I should never write to market. Of course, that word “never” made me think of bad writing rules and I knew I had to blog about it. Today’s post is more relevant for those […]

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How to Spot Bad Writing Rules

Back in June, I wrote a post about a piece of writing advice I came across that was well-intentioned but ultimately not all that helpful. And it got me thinking about all the other bad rules I’ve come across since I started writing. I think I’m going to do several posts about this–because there’s a […]

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What’s in a name?

The other day, I was minding my own business, scrolling down my feed, when I came across a comment that made me stop and shake my head a little bit. What was it? You should only give your characters standard, simple names. If you’re going to name them something weird, you have to provide an […]

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