editing tips

10 Fundamental Dialogue Tips

It’s interesting just how subjective the craft of writing is. In elementary school we’re taught that adjectives and adverbs are our friends and that using descriptive words like, shouted, wailed, screeched, and cried are great ways to expand our dialogue… 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 #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 ›

Editing Tip #33

Writing A Page Turner: Pt 4~ Are You Challenging Your Characters or Cheating Them? When a reader opens your book and reads the first page they should be immediately caught up in tension – not necessarily action (because not all… Read More ›

Editing Tip #32

Writing A Page Turner: Pt 3 Are Your Readers Engaged with Dynamic Main Characters? Nothing is more disappointing than reading an amazing book blurb, getting excited about meeting the characters and being swept away by the plot only to face… Read More ›

Editing Tip #31

Writing A Page-Turner: Pt 2 Pacing is the balance of dialogue, exposition, summary, and action in each of your scenes.  If you want to ensure that your book is a page-turner then you need to understand what aspect of the… Read More ›

Editing Tip #29

Interior Formatting for Print Books, Pt. 3 Pagination Protocols ~ If you are planning to self-publish DIY, there are any number of texts available for download to help you with your interior formatting specific to the umbrella company you choose… Read More ›

Editing Tip #28

Interior Formatting for Print Books, Pt. 2: Avoiding the Visual Pattern of Rivers & Lakes~ Often what will happen when you fully justify your text is the sudden appearance of rivers: areas of white space that run vertically through the… Read More ›

Editing Tip #27

Interior Formatting for Print Books, Pt. 1 ~ If you have decided to venture into the exciting world of DIY publishing there may be a few things about traditional formatting you are unaware of.  We all want our books to… Read More ›

Editing Tip #26

Beware of Branding ~ We all do it; we all have a tendency in our day-to-day life to refer to brand-name products: Kleenex instead of Tissue Coke instead of Cola Tupperware instead of Plastic Container Kool Aid instead of Drink… Read More ›