Editing Tip #40

Create Your Own Manuscript Template If you’re like me, when you’re ready to write you just want to sit down and get it done – let the juices flow. The last thing on your mind is making sure your formatting… Read More ›

Editing Tip #39

Test Yourself ~ Not all writers are English Majors and they don’t have to be. But as a writer you should be willing to learn what you can about the fundamentals of your craft. It’s not just about telling the… Read More ›

Editing Tip #38

Variety is the Spice of Life ~ One of the simplest pieces of advice for new and emerging authors to recognize is not to use overly descriptive attribution words – just say “said.” e.g. “I wouldn’t do that if I… Read More ›

Editing Tip #37

The Name Game, Pt.2 I touched on this idea in Tip #18 but I feel as though I missed an integral point. We authors need to be aware of the quality of the names we choose for our beloved characters… Read More ›

Editing Tip #36

The Wonderful World of Words, Pt.2: Dueling the Negative Prefix ~ As I mentioned previously, in Pt.1, there are certain words we use in casual conversation that are meant for, well, conversation only. Often what happens is an unsuspecting word… Read More ›

Editing Tip #35

Writing A Page Turner: Pt 6 What was that about good intentions…? Luckily that saying has nothing to do with finding the intent or purpose of the scene or chapter you’re writing. In fact, good intentions can strengthen and bring… Read More ›

Editing Tip #34

Writing a Page Turner: Pt 5 Sentences: their abuse, misuse, formation, creation, and implementation are the structural medium for the telling of your tale. Sentences are not benign and indifferent in prose; they, coupled with our imagination, bring to life… Read More ›

Editing Tip #33

Writing A Page Turner: Pt 4~ Are You Challenging Your Characters or Cheating Them? When a reader opens your book and reads the first page they should be immediately caught up in tension – not necessarily action (because not all… Read More ›

Editing Tip #32

Writing A Page Turner: Pt 3 Are Your Readers Engaged with Dynamic Main Characters? Nothing is more disappointing than reading an amazing book blurb, getting excited about meeting the characters and being swept away by the plot only to face… Read More ›

Editing Tip #31

Writing A Page-Turner: Pt 2 Pacing is the balance of dialogue, exposition, summary, and action in each of your scenes.  If you want to ensure that your book is a page-turner then you need to understand what aspect of the… Read More ›