Whether you write general fiction or genre fiction, when it’s time to review that completed first draft and look for loop-holes in the substantive/content portion of your manuscript, WORLD BUILDING should not be taken for granted. Now, it’s true that… Read More ›
You might be surprised to learn that “seasoned” writers will still, on occasion, get this highly vague editing note: Add More Depth. This might refer to a character, a setting, a scene, and yes—even backstory (when appropriate). The following 6… Read More ›
After writing and rewriting several drafts, you’re finally ready to submit your book to agents, publishers, or send it to an interior formatter for self-publishing… But then you notice/remember that the ideal length of a manuscript in your genre is… Read More ›
I just came across this wonderful little infographic that really hits home on an important point – honing your scenes to make sure A) they’re necessary and B) they’re doing all you need them to 🙂 Happy Editing!
One of the biggest things to remember when you’re writing fiction is to keep your paragraphs relatively short. Why? When someone opens a print book they don’t want to see a long line of unbroken text covering most of… Read More ›
“Her eyes darted left and right.” “His fingertips fell to the table.” “Their arms dropped.” You might not see it (heaven knows I miss it in my own work more than I care to admit) but the body parts in… Read More ›
The team at Book Marketing Tools was kind enough to invite me to do a guest article this week. Here’s a sneak peek! Regardless of whether you’re an author planning on working with a publishing house or are doing it… Read More ›
Most writers will integrate some level of foreshadowing into their first draft on instinct. Where it really makes its impact though, is in the 2nd draft when you have time to take a good look at where you want to… Read More ›