Editing

Editing Tip #30

Writing A Page-Turner: Pt 1 Have I hooked you yet?  If you’re looking for a “sure-fire” formula to follow, my suggestion would be to buy a book: Creating Tension (Speculative Fiction Writers); Conflict & Suspense (Elements of Fiction Writing); On… Read More ›

Editing Tip #29

Interior Formatting for Print Books, Pt. 3 Pagination Protocols ~ If you are planning to self-publish DIY, there are any number of texts available for download to help you with your interior formatting specific to the umbrella company you choose… Read More ›

Editing Tip #28

Interior Formatting for Print Books, Pt. 2: Avoiding the Visual Pattern of Rivers & Lakes~ Often what will happen when you fully justify your text is the sudden appearance of rivers: areas of white space that run vertically through the… Read More ›

Editing Tip #27

Interior Formatting for Print Books, Pt. 1 ~ If you have decided to venture into the exciting world of DIY publishing there may be a few things about traditional formatting you are unaware of.  We all want our books to… Read More ›

Editing Tip #26

Beware of Branding ~ We all do it; we all have a tendency in our day-to-day life to refer to brand-name products: Kleenex instead of Tissue Coke instead of Cola Tupperware instead of Plastic Container Kool Aid instead of Drink… Read More ›

Editing Tip #25

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt. 4 ~ The tendency to over-share can be the bane of anyone’s existence but for an Author it could mean the death of a manuscript. One of the most difficult concepts to manage, especially with novice… Read More ›

Editing Tip #24

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt 3 ~ Action in a story is better than inaction – right? Not necessarily.  If too much is happening in one scene, a reader’s mind will turn into a computer and flash “information overload.”  Not really,… Read More ›

Editing Tip #23

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt. 2 ~ One of the easiest places in your manuscript to dump excess information is during your descriptions of setting. This, like all possible areas of info dump, tends to happen more in the beginning of… Read More ›

Editing Tip #22

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt. 1 ~ There are a variety of ways and reasons authors inadvertently dump information into certain areas of their novel: Character Setting Action Back Story Often this over-sharing happens at the beginning of the book within… Read More ›

Editing Tip #21

Words to Avoid & Why – Pt. 3 Okay, I know you’ve heard it before but it needs to be said again: Adverbs are toxic. “When you use an adverb you’re cheating on the verb.” ~ James Dewar: Publisher, producer,… Read More ›