Articles, worksheets and more
Leigh’s blog tips for writers — Extras from Under the Covers
The Snarky Editor blog — The Snarky Editor comes out of hiding occasionally to comment on the awkward, silly, unintentional, and sometimes hilarious editing errors found in published books.
Ready — Set — Plot! — If the romance isn’t the plot in a romance novel (and it isn’t) then what is? And how do we create it?
Plotting — worksheet
Scene Structure — worksheet
Characterization — worksheet
Point of View – Explained — Explanation and examples of the various styles of point of view.
The View From Here — Using point of view and perspective to improve conflict and story
The Top Eleven Ways Not to Finish Your Book — Out of every hundred people who want to write a book, one actually finishes the job. How do the other ninety-nine sabotage themselves into not writing?
Top Five Ways to Get it Wrong — The most-common ways that authors of historical novels mess up (and turn off their readers)
Blog posts for historical writers — Extras from Under the Covers
Apostrophes — Chasing down the right way to use those annoying apostrophes to create possessives and contractions
Dialogue Rules — The technical and mechanical standards for handling dialogue
Grammar Quick Fix — Should it be “Joe and I” or “Joe and me”? How to get it right every time
Suggestions for Critique Partners & Groups — how to give (and accept) feedback
It Simply Sounds So Stupid! — How to block the voices outside and inside your head and give your own work an honest critique.
Critique Tool Kit — Simple tools for improving your own manuscript before you hire an editor
What Writers Say — inspiring, uplifting (and some downright depressing) comments from successful writers