Greetings from the President –


Yvonne Erwin

Don’t hedge your prose with timidities. “Good writing is lean and confident.” William Zinsser. In other words, cut the fat from your writing. Writers often want to write their story in a poetic manner, weaving adverbs, modifiers, and long sentences into every paragraph. Not necessary. Your characters are never “a little” hungry. They’re hungry or they’re not. Your characters are not “somewhat” annoyed. They’re annoyed or they’re not. As my editor, Becky said, “Say what you mean.” Saying what you mean doesn’t require flowery prose or a lot of words. Take out all unnecessary words, tighten your prose. Say what you mean.


2 Responses to Welcome

  1. maaja says:

    Superb blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..

    Any tips? Thank you!


    • Yes, you could begin with WordPress, Blogspot, or any of the other free blogsites. Most are simple to use and you don’t need any technical knowledge. Get your stories out there. Provide good content people want to read!


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