Editing Tips for Writers

Let’s take a look at this quote… 

First, find what it means to you and then carry on with the rest of this post.

There are a million ways to dissect this quote and analyze how others perceive it. However, there is one thing that is fundamentally true any way you look at it. Editing is a very important step of the writing process. There is no way around it. Without proper editing even a ‘good’ book can appear bad. Now, if you are someone who wishes to improve their editing techniques here are a few places to start!

Less is more!

Filler words are never a good idea. Find what you are trying to say and use the least amount of words to properly get your point across. For example: There are many people who write — Many people write.

Avoid weak verbs.

Use visceral verbs or verbs that express action over weak verbs. For example:

Find out — Discover

He went to Italy — He traveled to Italy

Avoid weak adjectives.

Be mindful when using words like ‘really’ and ‘very’. There are always better alternatives. For example:

Really good – Great

Very big – Huge

Don’t introduce unnecessary words.

Why use a weak word when a stronger verb or adjective is available? 

Give your post a proofread — Proofread your post (verb form)

He shows signs of carelessness — He is careless (adjective form)

You can find a lot of programs to help you edit as well, but that is a whole other post! Never be afraid to continue to educate yourself on your writing. There are so many outlets looking to  help you. Including us!

So follow us along your literary journey and we will learn together!

Happy Editing!

Discover What You Know

Take a minute and appreciate all that you have written. Be proud of it and remember that it all came from you! 

Like a record that will keep on spinning, I will constantly remind you that writing is powerful in so many ways. It allows you to  discover and uncover your inner most thoughts, feelings, and ideas.In order to discover what you know, you can write! And just keep on writing. That is why we encourage you so often to write everyday- because you never know when you will return to that thought, feeling, or idea that will turn into something bigger!

Happy Writing!

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How To Write An Alpha Male

Both equally loathed and loved, the alpha male brings forth a presence of being a beast and sexy at the same time. If you have decided you want this sort of presence in your novel, we are here to give you some of the best tips possible to make your alpha male stand out!

First things first, if you want your readers to believe it you have to believe it first! If you don’t believe it, no one will. If you feel as though your alpha keeps turning into a funny beta, don’t try and convince otherwise. Make sure that your characters truly belong and fit the theme of your novel.

An alpha has to be devilishly handsome. There’s no way around it. He can’t just be your Average Joe- he is an alpha! The cream of the crop. Highest on the ladder, if you will. Now, there is no man without his flaws, so he doesn’t have to be perfect (in fact he probably shouldn’t be), but the flaws need to pull the heroine in. Does he have a scar from his bad boy days? Is she curious about how he got that scar? And so forth. Your alpha needs to make the heroine -and your reader- weak in the knees. Have fun with it!

An alpha is still a person (duh) so try to not make him a cardboard cut out of a macho man who is nothing but an a-hole. Make his personality traits, history, and opinions shine through. Most alpha male that you read about can certainly come across in this way, but what stops him from turning into the stereotype is motivation. He needs to see something in the heroine he has never seen/felt before. 

Some more core things about alphas..

Alphas are leaders/protectors, they will always take charge of the situation. They are the type of guy that will embrace the heroine in his arms and push a kiss onto her lips- they aren’t afraid to show their interest or make the first move. At times they might not be your favorite character, but they will always try and do what they think is right.

They also aren’t shy about sharing their opinions, especially when in disagreement. 

At heart they are good guys, but they will never talk about their feelings. 

Write the hero you want! Make him strong with at least one weakness. Make him vulnerable, or too tough to handle. The possibilities are endless! To help you with some ideas for alpha males here are some books from our very own authors! These books will definitely make you hot, hot, hot!

Happy Writing!

Gain Your Voice

Do it for you and the rest will follow! Don’t be so hung up on being heard. You write for yourself after all, because you enjoy it. When you put all your work into a piece and you share it with the world, believe in yourself. Believe that you wrote something worth the time to read and people will read it!

Do the best that you can, and it will show. Your voice will be heard when the time is right. But in the meantime keep writing and keep trying to be the best that you can be!

Read some more of our post for writing inspiration, and writing advice!

Happy Monday!

Guide To Writing Friends To Lovers

Here you will find some tips, some advice and other stuff to hopefully help you in writing your friends to lovers romance!

Don’t forget the roots! It’s a friends to lovers romance after all, so try and make the friendship a big part of the story. The friendship is the upclimb where the conflict and tension builds, so don’t ignore the friendship aspect. Find a way to establish a friendship that is unique. Avoid ‘love at first sight’ and try to create a different kind of connection. Do they have a routine they follow when they are together? Did it start off as playful banter or jokes turned compassion? 

Awkward is okay. Let’s face it, how can anyone go from being friends to lovers without there being a little awkwardness in between. But, it is up to you to choose the kind of awkward. Whether it be cute, sexy ,or comedic depends on how you built the characters. 

Make the reader care. Off the bat the reader doesn’t want to already think everything will work out between the two characters. Hint at the beginning the connection between the characters, but don’t give them a full on romance from the start. Trust your reader to pick up on the little things, and let there be some doubt- a risk involved where the two characters might not be able to work it out.  

These are just a few tips and some helpful advice to get the ball rolling on your friends to lovers romance. Please share any additional tips you may have! And check out some of our authors’ very own friends to lovers novels to give you some inspiration!

Happy Friday!

Who Are Your Writing Role Models?

You probably already read the title..so who comes to your mind first? It doesn’t have to be a famous writer. It could be your fifth grade teacher, a parent or a blogger. But we all have role models, or someone who pushed us in the direction toward our dreams. We feed off of other people and in this case a positive way. If someone did not come to your mind right away that’s okay. Inspiration is all around you. Take what you can and build off of it! 

Some people will devote themselves to writing once they put down the one book that changed their lives. Think back to that time that made you want to become a writer. Was it the world building that J. K Rowling produced in Harry Potter? The character development by Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice? The disturbing nature of Steven King in Pet Sematary? The list can go on and on! Remember what/who made you want to become a writer in the first place. 

Every Monday we take a quote from a famous writer and break it down. Do any of them ring a bell? Consider yourself a role model to other writers everyday. Who knows maybe your quote will give inspiration for years to come. 

Happy Writing 

Bring Out Your Wild Side With a Shapeshifter Romance

If you prefer a little growl with your romance, then look no further. Experience the dark side of the moon in these shifter romance books! While animal instincts and natural raw behaviors may not be what you want in your real-life partner – doesn’t mean you can’t drool over them in a book. 

Do you want to write the next hot shapeshifter romance? Harness the power of the moon and get to it! When writing in this specific category of paranormal romance here are a few guidelines to go off of:

Dive deeper into the sensory realm – readers want to embrace the wild side!

Do your research! – what paranormal animals do you want to use, and what special abilities do they have amongst others?

How will the character be different in human form? – What traits will make them stand out?

Story line, story line, story line! – It is very important to identify the origin story! How were the shifters created? Who was the first one? How do they reproduce? Etc. 

Writing is work! Especially when building a complex and dynamic world. But you can do it, don’t be afraid to put your mind to the test!

Reading Recommendations For Your Next Full Moon

What’s On Your Writing Desk

As most of us have made our homes our temporary work locations, setting up a space where you can actually get work done is very important. While our beds may be our safe havens and comfy places, hop out of there and find something that more or less resembles your real work space. I know it may be a faint memory, but you can do this! 

Everyone’s situation is different, which is very understandable. While some may have a whole room dedicated to their work space, others have to round up whatever free space they have. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it just as comfortable. My recommendation is to create an uplifting space. Put a few words of encouragement or photos around you, light your favorite candle and try and go about your daily routine as best as possible. 

As time goes on you will find out what works best for you. Is it too noisy in your space? Try and work with headphones on. Do you get distracted easily? Play around with different locations, and create more of a day to day outline. We can do this together! Let us know what works best for you!

Happy Writing!