4 Common Writing “Tips” That Aren’t Always True

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a cut-and-dry rulebook that writers could follow in order to produce the perfect product? As a perfectionist, that would be a dream come true for me! But the longer I write and the more writers I meet and talk to, the more I’ve become aware that even the guidelines we think are guaranteed to make our craft better, easier to accomplish and more accessible to readers often come with a catch or two.

This week, I want to look at four of the most popular writing tips I’ve encountered that have had personal exception. Note that this is not to say these are all wrong, all the time. They’re just not all right all the time, either, no matter what writer workshops and how-to books say – which was something of a wakeup call for me not long ago.

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BOOK REVIEW: Evalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh

Author: Bethany Atazadeh

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Warnings: Brief mention of sexual abuse


I became familiar with Bethany Atazadeh’s work at a time when I was suffering from MAJOR dystopia burnout on the heels of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. I was tempted to pass Evalene’s Number by, but a combination of Miss Atazadeh’s genius marketing campaigns, lovely YouTube channel and the new cover release for EN finally convinced me to give the Dystopian genre one last visit.

I couldn’t be happier that it did.

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Time to Revise! – Now What? (5 Revising Tips To Set You Up for Success!)

For many writers, drafting is the easier part. Revising can seem daunting to the extreme. Once you’ve got the words on the page, how do you actually go about editing them to achieve the vision you had in your head when you started out?

This post is here to help the uncertain reviser to set themselves up for success. Read on for 5 tips and tricks on how to revise your completed draft!

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5 Reasons Why I Chose Self-Publishing Over Traditional

I guess writing a blog post about it makes it official – after months of consideration, lots of prayer, and deep discussions with my incredible writing group and family, I’ve decided to pursue self-publishing over going the traditional route.

This has been both the hardest and most liberating decision of my writing career.

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