editing tips

Editing Tip #15

Don’t be Afraid to Fragment, Part 3 – A look at creative sentence structures. One of the first rules we’re taught in school is to build a ‘proper’ sentence, because fragments are bad.  When you’re writing literary prose this is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #14

Mind Your Ps & Qs – ‘Postrophes and Quotation marks are used in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes when we write.  Often a writer will base their usage on personal style or an admired author. … Read More ›

Editing Tip #13

KISS – Keep It Super Simple – This has to be one of the most often used pieces of advice across the board whether you’re a writer, a fisherman, an electrician, or a sanitary engineer – over doing something is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #12

It’s in the Details – Hemingway was a master when it came to simple, straightforward prose.  He did not embellish, just told the story realistically.  That’s not to say he left out the important details. Crisp and clean prose is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #11

Don’t be Afraid to Fragment, Pt. 2 – In the first installment we looked at the 5 senses and how they can enhance character building.  I hinted at the possibility of using your senses to also help with setting &… Read More ›

Editing Tip #10

Don’t be Afraid to Fragment, Part 1 – Tackling your manuscript in its entirety and trying to keep every little thing you’ve ever learned about editing in the front of your mind as you painstakingly reread your work from start… Read More ›

Editing Tip #9

Know Your Style Guides & Edit Accordingly – Nearly every country has one or more writing style guides.  How do you choose which one to follow?  First, you need to identify what kind of writing you’re doing (scientific articles, university… Read More ›

Editing Tip #8

The Dialogue Debacle Good dialogue is all about believability – does it sound like a real person… is it true to your character’s personality and persona? There are hundreds of sources you can find online via search engines or writer… Read More ›

Editing Tip #7

A practical use for the idea of an oxymoron: We all know that an oxymoron means to place two contradictory terms together – like Jumbo-shrimp.  Now, take that concept a step farther and make it relevant to an idea… A… Read More ›

Editing Tip #6

Just when you think it’s over, it’s not.   Placing that last period on the last page of the last chapter and writing The End doesn’t mean the story is done. One of the most difficult things to do is… Read More ›