Structuring the Personal Essay

One of the most difficult parts of writing a personal essay is learning how to craft a piece using proper structure. With my editing...

5 Writing Myths

As a writer, you’ve probably heard plenty of advice along your journey to publication. Advice can be very handy. It gives novices a...

Details That Increase Interest

Cristina Wilhelm sent me this scene to revise. In response to a few questions I had regarding the piece, she told me that: 1) This scene...

Pacing Problems

I came home from school with a headache. The kids seemed to be getting rowdier everyday. I suddenly remembered I’d have to get Rellie’s...

Drawn-out Dialogue

Tina, the airhead, the complete fool. She’s wearing some ugly sweater today. Mark noticed her face looked as if someone had mistaked it...

Scene Clarity

Here is another scene from the novel the teen me wrote about Rellie. I’m cheating a little because the scene is not complete, but the...

Adding Texture and Dimension

Here is a random portion of a scene from the novel I wrote as a teen. It lacks what I like to call texture and dimension. If this story...

POV Changes

Scene 2 I was getting ready for school when the phone rang. I answered it and it was my best friend, Rellie. She sounded tired. “Listen,...