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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 #41

Fact Checking Foibles ~ Whether you write non-fiction or fiction in any of their glorious sub-categories or genres you will need to revisit your manuscript to make sure you’ve got your facts straight. For non-fiction and memoir writers this is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #40

Create Your Own Manuscript Template If you’re like me, when you’re ready to write you just want to sit down and get it done – let the juices flow. The last thing on your mind is making sure your formatting… 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 #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 #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 ›