Month: February 2017

On My Shelf: Girl, Nearly 16, Absolute Torture

Girl, Nearly 16, Absolute Torture, by Sue Limb, is my favorite book of all time. Yes, it’s a bit dated—it takes place during a primitive time when you had to get out of bed to access the Internet. Yes, it’s a silly teen comedy, and not a masterpiece of modern literature. And, yes, Jess Jordan wouldn’t […] Read more…

6 Tips for Naming Your Characters

Who else LOVES naming characters? That’s right. We all do. I can spend hours just browsing baby name websites. Google thinks that I’m pregnant and keeps trying to sell me baby booties. Which, you know, are adorable, but what I’m actually after is the perfect name for New Character #847. It’s only natural to want […] Read more…

5 Bad Writing Habits You Learned in School

Some writing tricks are great for essays, but terrible for novels. These school writing skills should stay in the classroom.

We’ve all been to school, right? (I hope we’ve all been to school.) And, likely as not, that’s where we all got the majority of our writing practice. From our first sentences to our final papers, we learned about everything from grammar to punctuation to structure to form. And those skills are, like, 97% transferable […] Read more…