The Problem with “Likely” and “Probably”

Today I want to talk about a common issue with "likely" and "probably", as well as reasons you should use them sparingly and selectively in your narrative writing. So what's the problem? Often, "likely" and "probably" are used to explain something to the reader that's technically outside the main character's knowledge. Example: He scowled at …

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My 5 Repeat Offenses in Writing

We all have those crutches and quirks that weaken our writing, and I am no exception. As it's generally good advice to be aware of your own weaknesses, I'm pointing out mine.I don’t even worry about these vices during the drafting phase, but I’ve learned to have a keen eye for them in revision. 1. …

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Get Up and Try Again (Music Monday)

Publishing is hard. Whether you're going traditional or self-publishing, rejection is a part of the game. Query rejections. Edit letters or beta feedback that rip your manuscript apart. Negative reviews. Sometimes it can feel relentless. So if you're feeling a bit down about your manuscript or your writing journey, give this playlist a listen. Allow …

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