Editing Tip #83: Get Your Dialogue Tags Working for You

He said, she screamed, they laughed, we cried, everyone gasped… These are some of the more useful dialogue tags available. The staple, of course, will always be: he/she said. Generally speaking (pun intended), new and inexperienced writers tend to overdo… 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 #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 #2

Words to Avoid & Why – pt.1 I know, you’re thinking, “Okay, if I’m writing children’s fiction I should avoid swearing.”  Or, “If I want my work to reach a broader audience I should take out big words that only… Read More ›