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Editing Tip #54

Tightening the Belt on Your Prose, Pt.5 ~ Changing your passive narrative voice to an active voice means understanding what you’ve done (and should be doing) with your verbs. Yes, verbs. Any form of the verb “to be” is considered… Read More ›

Editing Tip #53

Tightening the Belt on Your Prose, Pt.4 ~ One of the most straightforward ways to tighten your writing is to match your sentence structure with your emotional intent and manipulate the pacing in your manuscript. Create or reduce tension/suspense in… Read More ›

Editing Tip #52

Tightening the Belt on Your Prose, Pt.3 ~ What does it mean to balance intent? Well, I suppose you could call it clarifying purpose or keeping it simple – but for me, it’s all about “balance.” It’s not just shortening… Read More ›

Editing Tip #51

Tightening the Belt on Your Prose, Pt.2 ~ There are times when you can vividly imagine something happening or you’ve decided to use a more literary technique and venture into metaphor to better describe how something feels or smells… editors… Read More ›

Editing Tip #50

Tightening the Belt on Your Prose, Pt.1 ~ One of the more difficult, but practical, aspects of self-editing to learn is how to tighten up your prose. Even though your sentences may be grammatically correct, there are a number of… Read More ›

Editing Tip #49

  First Impressions, Pt.4 ~ Your first chapter has to be your “Wow” chapter. It’s the one that pulls readers, agents, and small publishers into your story. I’ve touched on the first sentence, the first paragraph, and the first page… Read More ›

Editing Tip #48

First Impressions, Pt. 3 ~ The contents of your first page need to capture the interest of your target reader immediately. We know how important the hook, or first sentence, is as well having a first paragraph that follows through… Read More ›

Editing Tip #47

First Impressions Pt.2 ~ Some writers might say that the first paragraph is not quite as important as the first sentence and not nearly as important as the first page – so why am I focusing on this ‘first’ if… Read More ›

Editing Tip #46

  First Impressions Pt.1 ~ Your book cover, your blurb, and your social media presence all make huge first impressions when it comes to enticing a reader to pick up your book and look inside. But what is going to… Read More ›

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 ›