In this installation of “Words to Write By,” I’ll review fiancé vs. fiancée, insure vs. ensure, alright vs. all right, and simultaneous vs. contemporaneous. This series is a quick reference to help explain the difference between commonly misused words. I’ve received suggestions from other writers and readers on words they’ve seen misused in earlier parts of […]

The bones of the bridge tremble beneath the weight that I carry with me. I strain and pull it trying to reach the other side before the setting sun lowers beneath the horizon, but it snags and catches on every rough patch. Exhausted I pause in the middle to peek over the side into the […]

I stumbled upon a NaNoWriMo contest for people who write horror, dark fantasy, gothic, black comedy, paranormal, or other types of dark fiction at Gallows Hill. The grand prize for the competition includes: $1,500 Editorial package including developmental and line editing Publishing consultation Certificate of Awesomeness Free print issue of Gallows Hill Write up in February issue […]

NaNoWriMo Tools and Tips

It’s that time of year again when writers attempt to write 50,000 words in one month for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a challenge that started in 1999, and while I don’t intend to participate this year, I thought I would pass on some information and tools for those who are participating. The official NaNoWriMo […]

Take Time to Celebrate

“Every writer has an editor who tries to strangle the writer before he ever gets started.” Craig Johnson, the author of the Longmire series and a Wyoming resident, said this at a talk I attended. I scribbled it down in my notebook, because it resonated with me. I find it’s nice to have another author confirm […]