Editing Tip #64

Wrapping Up Your Endings ~ Other than the first chapter, endings are the next most talked about focus for writing advice. Here are my two-cents worth on the topic. 1) Know Your Market 2) Pace Yourself 3) Leave Some Mystery…. Read More ›

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 ›