editing advice

Editing Tip #45

  The Believability Factor Revisited – Pt.1: Pre-drafting ~ I’ve touched on this idea several times in various other posts but it’s a valid one worth taking the time to get right. Whether you’re a non-fiction writer (Memoir, creative non-fiction),… Read More ›

Editing Tip #44

~ First Draft Fears, Second Draft Jitters ~ I know I’ve said it time and again but you absolutely must re-read your first draft before anyone else sets eyes on it. But then I hear, “I’d rather an editor look… Read More ›

Editing Tip #43

~ Teasing out a Tale: Weaving Back Story ~ It’s one thing to have someone say, “you’re telling too much of the back story” or give the general advice to, “just give your reader little hints along the way.” But… Read More ›

Editing Tip #42

Repetitive Words & Phrases ~ As authors we tend to repeat words and ideas for two reasons: 1) by accident 2) on purpose I know, this seems ridiculously straightforward but it’s important to recognize where we do this in our… 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 ›