Top Ten Tips for Being Productive

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. One of the biggest reasons, besides the cooler weather and the warm, cozy sweaters and socks and the spices and smells of pumpkin and cinnamon,  is I usually spend more time writing. In contrast, I find writing tedious in the summer months. The sun is out too long …

Reinventing the Wheel

There are too many times as writers where we feel stuck. This past summer, I would not have said, I feel stuck. I had actually accomplished a lot of writing, working myself into the third edits of my first novel. Yet, something felt lacking. Before I even began writing my novel, I had dropped by …

It’s NaNo Time!

National Novel Writing Month: It’s NaNo Time! by Shannon Leigh Rivera November means a lot of things—turkey, football, and pumpkin pie. For those of us who write, the month of November means National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo.) It is a month-long writing ‘competition’ where writers from around the world get together (introvert style) and …

My Top Ten Books Every Professional Writer Should Own

Professional Writers Post: My Top Ten Books Every Professional Writer Should Own By Shannon Leigh Rivera For those of us who write, whether it be novels or short stories, news articles or blog posts, there is a never-ending supply of books written to help us achieve more. Those achievements could come in the form of …

Voice and Style: How to be Unique in a Sea of Storytellers

Voice and Style: How to be Unique in a Sea of Storytellers By Shannon Leigh Rivera   “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the …

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired   I have heard that writer’s block often occurs because of a lack of inspiration. Some claim that writers have difficulty writing because they are lazy or afraid. I have even heard some writers claim that they get tripped up over what they want to write …

Be Yourself, No Copycats Allowed

Be Yourself, No Copycats Allowed by Shannon Leigh Rivera There are so many authors worth admiring these days. Not just for their wonderful stories, but for the hard work and dedication that they have put into their craft. However, because there are so many wonderful storytellers out there, a lot of writers have it in …

Busy Vs. Productive: Too Much of the Wrong Stuff is Bad for You

Busy Vs. Productive: Too Much of the Wrong Stuff is Bad for You By Shannon Rivera A few years ago my family moved from sunny San Diego to the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed many aspects of this move. Gas is cheaper, housing is more affordable, and there is …

Show what needs Shown, Tell what needs Told

Show what needs Shown, Tell what needs ToldBy Shannon Leigh Rivera “Specificity in writing should not depend on modifiers” – Adam Sexton, Master Class in Fiction Writing Show and Tell. As writers, we have heard these two words a lot. The more you study writing and the more you read on the subject of writing, …