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Category: First-Time Authors

Passive Voice Is Loved By Me

According to many so-called writing experts, using passive voice is a bad practice. Of course, according to the same writing experts, much of what you and I say every day are bad practices. The thing is, if you understand me and I understand you, then how bad can these practices be? They are not bad practices but they still really piss off some people, also known as the writing experts. I don’t even like calling them “writing experts” as that gives them some implied authority and dignity. I would refer…

Is There a Book Inside Me?

    I’ve often heard people ask, “Is there is a book inside me?”  Thankfully most people move on to other more important questions such as “What is for dinner?” In doing so, they avoid dealing with the challenges of authorship and the world is a safer and better place as a result. Given the two million new books published each year in this country, there are apparently a number of us not content to move on to dinner and insist on dealing with this thing we perceive growing inside.…

First Time Author Jokes

  Preparing this post (Is There a Book Inside Me?) prompted me to consider the current state of First Time Author jokes. A quick Google search revealed that while there are many jokes about authors and writing, there are no pages dedicated to jokes about first-time authors. I see this as a monumental wrong that needs to be righted1)I did not intend this to be a political statement so if you choose, feel free to see this as a monumental wrong that needs to be lefted.. First-time authors labor in obscurity,…