Editing Tip #20

Secondary Doesn’t Mean Second-Rate ~ Your secondary characters are just as important as your primary ones (protagonist/antagonist). Your main characters run the show, they are who your reader falls in love with or love to hate.  What helps define and… Read More ›

Editing Tip #19

The Wonderful World of Words, Pt. 1: Meaning & Existence ~ There are certain words in the English language that are used in casual conversation that cannot be found in the dictionary (or are only listed as ‘slang’ or ‘common… Read More ›

Editing Tip #18

The Name Game ~ Be aware that the names we grow to love and love to hate in our books might not be the names the characters are actually published under. Sounds incredible, I know, but it’s true. The look… Read More ›

Editing Tip #17

The Printed Page, Part 2 ~ Anyone can proofread using a computer-based word processing program, but reading your work on the printed page allows you to see more. It’s true. There are little nuances and trip-ups we have as writers… Read More ›

Editing Tip #16

The Printed Page, Part 1 ~ Just when you think you’ve finished your last editing draft and you’re ready to send it to an editor or professional set of eyes for review, there’s one more step to do. Print your… Read More ›

Editing Tip #15

Don’t be Afraid to Fragment, Part 3 – A look at creative sentence structures. One of the first rules we’re taught in school is to build a ‘proper’ sentence, because fragments are bad.  When you’re writing literary prose this is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #14

Mind Your Ps & Qs – ‘Postrophes and Quotation marks are used in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes when we write.  Often a writer will base their usage on personal style or an admired author. … Read More ›

Editing Tip #13

KISS – Keep It Super Simple – This has to be one of the most often used pieces of advice across the board whether you’re a writer, a fisherman, an electrician, or a sanitary engineer – over doing something is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #12

It’s in the Details – Hemingway was a master when it came to simple, straightforward prose.  He did not embellish, just told the story realistically.  That’s not to say he left out the important details. Crisp and clean prose is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #11

Don’t be Afraid to Fragment, Pt. 2 – In the first installment we looked at the 5 senses and how they can enhance character building.  I hinted at the possibility of using your senses to also help with setting &… Read More ›