Writing Resources

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Welcome to our writing resources page!

Our goal is to share advice and tips related to fiction writing, grammar, publishing, book promotion, and more.

This page indexes all of our posts related to being an author or a book blogger. Additionally, you can find here some grammar tips, links to helpful articles, and more.

Writer’s Corner Guest Posts

The Writer’s Corner is a collection of guest posts from established authors who have been kind enough to share their thoughts about writing and/or selling fiction.

As time permits, I will be restoring the articles that were lost when we moved from Books That Hook to BTH Reviews.

If you are an author who would like to write an article for our Writer’s Corner, please contact us if you meet the requirements as an “expert” that we have posted on our about page.

Topic: Characters

Stephen Blackmoore

Laura Bickle

Topic: Research

Andy Maslen

Topic: Being an Author

Alexandra Sokoloff

Topic: Social Media

HD Smith

Topic: Marketing and Promotion

Ines Johnson

More Authors to Come!

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Lisa Kessler

Lis Wiehl

Mitchell Hogan

Brooke Johnson


My Posts about Writing

Writing Pitfalls

I’ve started a Writing Pitfalls article series, which will cover many of the things I have learned not to do when writing fiction. In each article, I try to include definitions and links to sources who probably know more about writing than I do.

Writing Pitfall #1: Excessive Passive Voice

Writing Pitfall #2: Irrelevant Dialogue

Writing Pitfall #3: Telling Emotions

Writing Pitfall #4: Overpopulation


Get Your Writing Gears Going

This feature will include articles with ideas for coming up with stories, characters, and more.

Get Your Writing Gears Going: Random Word Association

Get Your Writing Gears Going: Titles


My Posts about Books in General or Book Blogging

10 Reasons Why I Would Pass on a Book

Book Blogging: 5 Ways to Get Free Books

10 Strategies for Driving Traffic to Your Book Review Blog

50 Questions You Could Answer in a Book Review


Other Writing Resources



Tip: That vs. Which

You use that when the information is necessary for the sentence to have the correct meaning. Which is used for extra information.

For example:

The tree that the hurricane ripped up lay on the roof. Without “that the hurricane ripped up,” we would wonder how the tree could be laying on the roof. That’s why I used that instead of which.

My favorite tree, which is twenty years old, grows in the front yard next to the mailbox. In this example, it’s probably not necessary for the reader to know the age of the tree. So, I used which instead of that.

Tip: Who vs. Whom

Who is used as the subject of a verb. Whom is used as the object of a verb. Another way to think about it is: can you replace the word with he/she? If you can, then you use who, not whom.


Who is the dog’s owner? I would answer, “He is the dog’s owner.” So, who is correct.

To whom is she speaking? I would answer, “She is speaking to him.” So, whom is correct.

The girl who painted the graffiti was arrested this morning. This could be rephrased to: She painted the graffiti and was arrested this morning. That’s why who works instead of whom.

The girl, for whom the cops were looking, hid in the park. This could be rephrased to: The cops were looking for her, while she was hiding in the park. Therefore, it makes sense to use whom.


Links to Interesting Articles

Lisa Shearin talks about worldbuilding in fantasy novels

“6 Non-Fishy Ways to Plant Red Herrings in Your Story”

How to Create a Character Based on Internet Comments Sections

Setting of a Story: 3 Ways Going Outside Can Improve Your Writing

Authors Weigh in On “Is it better to get all of your ideas out and write a novel quickly, or to spend years in the process of curating the story and its elements?” (I really like the answer by Mercedes Lackey)

Helpful Websites

Word Confusions
Dictionary of Interjections


More resources coming soon!
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