Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Terms Used by Writers

abbreviations, acronyms, and terms used by writers

Are you overwhelmed by the barrage of abbreviations, acronyms, and writing terms spouted by people in the publishing industry? No need. You’ll find many of the definitions in this post.

Why the concern?

When you’re dealing with editors, publishers, beta readers, and critique partners, knowing their shorthand will enable you to react without needing to search online or scramble for a dictionary. Continue reading

Every Author and Poet Needs This Measurement Tool

The Ultimate Measurement Tool for Writers

All blogs are not created equal.

Do you leave comments on interesting blogs, ask bloggers to review your books, and volunteer for guest posts? All these methods help increase visibility, and they often escalate book sales.

But how do you choose the right blogs? Answer: install a browser add-on that provides instant information about traffic, inbound links, speed, and search analytics. Continue reading

16 Ways to Protect Your Eyes During Screen Time

The eye is the jewel of the body.

With the vast number of hours everyone spends nowadays watching screens, eyestrain has escalated. Even young children complain of sore, itchy eyes.

Here are sixteen ways to protect your irreplaceable windows to the world.

1) Look away from your screen.

Constant focus on anything strains the eyes. Make an effort to glance away occasionally.

2) Take breaks.

Every twenty to thirty minutes, leave your computer to walk around, grab a coffee, or pet the dog. Your eyes will thank you for it. Continue reading

Quality Flash Fiction Is No Flash to Write

flash fiction tips

This is a reprint of my article previously published in MJ Magazine—a journal written by authors for authors. Learn how to tighten your flash fiction with these tips.

Flash fiction is a concise literary creation. Most journals classify it as a story of 1000 words or less. Other types of flash include:

Micro fiction—an even shorter form. Length varies from market to market.
Drabble—a 100-word story.

You will find other forms. However, one guideline is clear: Good flash has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Flash fiction, although short, takes longer than other forms of fiction to create. An author must choose strong words that convey maximal impact. As Mark Twain said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

Suggested Creation Process

Step One: Get the Words Out

Write.

It doesn’t have to be good. Try to start somewhere in the middle. Provide backstory only as needed. Don’t fret about repetition or excessive descriptions.

Keep your paragraphs short. Huge blocks of text are difficult for readers to follow, especially on electronic devices.

At this point, run-on sentences, comma splices, and clichés are unimportant. You need to gush those ideas out while they’re fresh. Record the words, and worry about editing later.

Step Two: Edit Continue reading