editing tips

Editing Tip #25

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt. 4 ~ The tendency to over-share can be the bane of anyone’s existence but for an Author it could mean the death of a manuscript. One of the most difficult concepts to manage, especially with novice… Read More ›

Editing Tip #24

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt 3 ~ Action in a story is better than inaction – right? Not necessarily.  If too much is happening in one scene, a reader’s mind will turn into a computer and flash “information overload.”  Not really,… Read More ›

Editing Tip #23

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt. 2 ~ One of the easiest places in your manuscript to dump excess information is during your descriptions of setting. This, like all possible areas of info dump, tends to happen more in the beginning of… Read More ›

Editing Tip #22

Avoiding Info Dump, Pt. 1 ~ There are a variety of ways and reasons authors inadvertently dump information into certain areas of their novel: Character Setting Action Back Story Often this over-sharing happens at the beginning of the book within… Read More ›

Editing Tip #21

Words to Avoid & Why – Pt. 3 Okay, I know you’ve heard it before but it needs to be said again: Adverbs are toxic. “When you use an adverb you’re cheating on the verb.” ~ James Dewar: Publisher, producer,… Read More ›

Editing Tip #20

Secondary Doesn’t Mean Second-Rate ~ Your secondary characters are just as important as your primary ones (protagonist/antagonist). Your main characters run the show, they are who your reader falls in love with or love to hate.  What helps define and… Read More ›

Editing Tip #19

The Wonderful World of Words, Pt. 1: Meaning & Existence ~ There are certain words in the English language that are used in casual conversation that cannot be found in the dictionary (or are only listed as ‘slang’ or ‘common… Read More ›

Editing Tip #18

The Name Game ~ Be aware that the names we grow to love and love to hate in our books might not be the names the characters are actually published under. Sounds incredible, I know, but it’s true. The look… Read More ›

Editing Tip #17

The Printed Page, Part 2 ~ Anyone can proofread using a computer-based word processing program, but reading your work on the printed page allows you to see more. It’s true. There are little nuances and trip-ups we have as writers… Read More ›

Editing Tip #16

The Printed Page, Part 1 ~ Just when you think you’ve finished your last editing draft and you’re ready to send it to an editor or professional set of eyes for review, there’s one more step to do. Print your… Read More ›