tightening prose

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 ›