Being An Indie Novelist is Tough, But Rewarding

It’s time to rant. I haven’t had serious time to work on the second book in my science-fiction series because I have been swamped with the day job, and swamped with my side jobs. I’m a high school English teacher by trade, and at the start of the year I had things under control.  However,Continue reading “Being An Indie Novelist is Tough, But Rewarding”

How to Write Using an Extended Metaphor

  Today is a good day for a writing exercise.  This one is tough, and will really work your mental muscle, so sit down, hold on and get ready to write like you may never have written before.  This will work best if you can share ideas with a partner, so find someone to doContinue reading “How to Write Using an Extended Metaphor”

Use of “Like” and How To Remove

The first critique is back from one of my proof-readers, and they loved it for all the reasons I wanted them to love it, but their only complaint was that I used the “like” simile so much that it became cumbersome and broke up the flow.  It seems that I use like followed by a simileContinue reading “Use of “Like” and How To Remove”

How to Write Descriptively With Metaphors

Metaphors are one of the most used literary devices in the English language second only to similes. The problem with using similes is that they often cause your writing to become a mine field of quantifiers. (i.e. His breath was like the foul smell of a garbage heap and his face was like a pockContinue reading “How to Write Descriptively With Metaphors”