Category Archives: Writing

Creativity: Supercharge Your Writing, Part III

Tweet I made a startling discovery. Back in 2016 I had been about to send a manuscript off to my editor and was beginning to research potential agents to send it to. At the time, there were passages and little problem areas that I knew needed to be fixed, but try as I might, I […]

Unblock Writer’s Block

Tweet Unblock Writer’s Block By A. R. Silverberry I wrote this several years ago, and it remains one of my favorite posts. Time to re-publish it! What is writer’s block, and what can you do about it? First off, the term writer’s block is too vague. It specifies symptoms but nothing about the cause. It’s […]

Reading for Writers

Tweet Reading for Writers To improve your writing, pretty much everyone agrees that you should write a lot and read lot. Some people maintain that you should read both good writing and bad writing. The argument for the latter is that it will help you recognize what doesn’t work. The premise goes that if you […]

Creativity: Supercharge Your Writing, Part II.

Tweet Supercharge your creativity. Last week, I outlined nine ways to enhance your creativity and supercharge your writing. Today I offer three more ideas. As you’ll see, they work synergistically to help you. Trigger Your Creativity Just as day follows night, you can trigger your creativity using a learning procedure called classical conditioning. Remember Pavlov […]

Creativity: Supercharge Your Writing, Part I

Tweet Creativity: Supercharge Your Writing, Part I Many years ago I had the good fortune to attend a number of workshops designed to increase creativity. My father taught two of them, and one was with Sidney Parnes, one of the founders of the Creative Problem Solving Institute in Buffalo New York. Through their influence and […]

Query Rejection: What Now?

Tweet Query Rejection: What Now? You’ve worked hard on your manuscript, writing and rewriting, submitting it to beta readers, then polishing it some more. You’re editor has given it several passes. The manuscript is as good as you can get it, and now you’re ready to try to find an agent. You send out query […]

Writing Journals: An Author’s Guide

Tweet Using a Writing Journal   When I heard that John Steinbeck kept a writer’s journal I thought I’d better give it a whirl. It’s turned out to be one of the most useful tools in my arsenal. It helps me stay focused on whatever project I’m working on, experiment with different passages, brainstorm ideas, […]

Manuscript Revision: Clarity Trumps Style!

Tweet Manuscript Revision: Clarity Trumps Style! The beta reads are in, the manuscript is revised, and book one of my YA, sci-fi trilogy is in the hands of a content editor. The responses of the beta readers were positive (I believe the verb love was used three times!). Still, there were spots, and I agonized […]

Writing is Not Writing

Tweet One of my favorite parts of writing is not writing. The best ideas come when I’m out in the world, absorbing life. Walking must stimulate the neural network in my brain related to creativity. If I’m stuck, all I have to do is walk. Something is bound to come, especially if I’m out in […]