• How to Punctuate Dialogue in Fiction

    Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction | Person holding book and tea cup

    I get a lot of questions about punctuating dialogue, and it’s something I’ve noticed writers struggling with lately. Punctuating dialogue can be tricky–when do you use a comma versus a period, and when do you capitalize things? What about question marks? In this post, I’ve highlighted the main questions I receive about punctuation and dialogue,…

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  • Author Interview: Michael Thompson, Indie Author

    I kicked off a short new series of author interviews earlier in June when I chatted with Samanatha Heuwagen. Lat week’s interview was with Katika Schneider, and this week, I’m talking to Michael Thompson, a fantasy author. I met Michael, author of World of the Orb, Winslow Hoffner’s Incredible Encounters, and the Chicken Boy series at RavenCon…

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  • Author Interview: Katika Schneider, Fantasy Author

    I kicked off a short new series of author interviews earlier in June when I chatted with Samanatha Heuwagen. This week, I’m talking to Katika Schneider, a fantasy author. I met Katika, author of The Afflicted Saga fantasy series, at RavenCon this past spring. She kindly agreed to answer my questions about writing, publishing, and…

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  • Author Interview: Samantha Heuwagen, Dawn Among the Stars

    Book, tea cup, and fairy lights

    Samantha Heuwagen’s debut novel, Dawn Among the Stars, released May 21st, 2018. A therapist, activist, blogger, and author, Samantha combined her feminist ideologies, mental health expertise, and love for science fiction to craft a compelling novel about life, love, and humanity’s place in the universe. The book, which tells the story of three young humans…

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  • Hiring a Professional Editor

    I have several posts about self-editing, and I even launched this ebook about self-editing, but it’s important to remember that self-editing is not a replacement for professional editing. Besides their formal education and professional training, editors understand the intricacies of language and the nuances of editing. Editing is more than cleaning up grammar and typos, and…

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  • Developing a Writing Routine

    I recently wrote about being a productive writer, and part of productivity is having a routine. Maybe you want to write the next Great American Novel, or be the next big blogger, or do something that requires you to write. Maybe you feel like it’s a lot of work. That’s because writing is a lot…

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