Editing Tip #10

Don’t be Afraid to Fragment, Part 1 – Tackling your manuscript in its entirety and trying to keep every little thing you’ve ever learned about editing in the front of your mind as you painstakingly reread your work from start… Read More ›

Editing Tip #9

Know Your Style Guides & Edit Accordingly – Nearly every country has one or more writing style guides.  How do you choose which one to follow?  First, you need to identify what kind of writing you’re doing (scientific articles, university… Read More ›

Editing Tip #8

The Dialogue Debacle Good dialogue is all about believability – does it sound like a real person… is it true to your character’s personality and persona? There are hundreds of sources you can find online via search engines or writer… Read More ›

Editing Tip #7

A practical use for the idea of an oxymoron: We all know that an oxymoron means to place two contradictory terms together – like Jumbo-shrimp.  Now, take that concept a step farther and make it relevant to an idea… A… Read More ›

Editing Tip #6

Just when you think it’s over, it’s not.   Placing that last period on the last page of the last chapter and writing The End doesn’t mean the story is done. One of the most difficult things to do is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #5

Don’t Bully the Bad Guys The more well-rounded you make your antagonist, the more believable he or she will be. We all love to hate the bad guys but don’t forget that even Darth Vader was a cute kid before… Read More ›

Editing Tip #4

Words to Avoid & Why – pt.2 Make sure your ideas are clear and your characters are not ‘wishy-washy’ with their POV (point of view). There are certain words we writers fall into the habit of using to help explain… Read More ›

Editing Tip #3

By editing several drafts on your own, you can save money and heartache with an editor later. The art of Drafting is tedious for some writers and exciting for others. Which are you? The first draft of your manuscript is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #2

Words to Avoid & Why – pt.1 I know, you’re thinking, “Okay, if I’m writing children’s fiction I should avoid swearing.”  Or, “If I want my work to reach a broader audience I should take out big words that only… Read More ›

Editing Tip #1

Don’t edit in isolation – Get help. I know, you’ve poured your heart and soul into this manuscript and it’s perfect just the way you wrote it…. …or is it? Even big name authors still use editors for a variety… Read More ›