editing

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    Self-Editing Series Part #2: Character Development and Depth

    Last week, I introduced you to the art of self-editing. This process is the bridge between a rough draft and a polished masterpiece. It allows you to refine your story and elevate your storytelling to new heights, and it saves you time and money. “But how do I edit my own writing?” you ask. “What do I need to focus on as I edit my fiction?” I’m glad you asked,…

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    Self-Editing Series Part #1: Plot and Structure

    Hard truth time: If you are a writer, mistakes and editing are inevitable. Over the course of typing that sentence, I had to correct several typos. Typos happen. Grammar errors happen. We spot them, we clean them up, we move on with life, right? Thing is, sometimes the mistakes go deeper than that. You’re reading a nice book, and you get to a point where something isn’t right. You can…

  • Crafting Style: 10 Fiction Style Pitfalls to Avoid

    Navigating and Overcoming 10 Common Stylistic Pitfalls in Fiction Writing Crafting a captivating writing style is a tricky journey. Between dialogue and prose, the whole show vs. tell Thing you’re always hearing about, conflict, clichés, and all the rest—not to mention editing afterward—you’ve got a daunting road ahead of you. Is it worth it? Let me work it. I put my thang down, flip it, and reverse it. Ahem. Sorry…

  • Got Questions? #1

    Do you have any questions about how to proofread? How to write better? Grammar, spelling, you name it? Or maybe ideas for what you’d like to see here? Drop me a line! Either ask me in the comments, use my contact form, or send me an email. I’ll share the answers next Thursday. Send me those questions!

  • What to Watch for Wednesday: Weary vs. Wary

    Welcome to the first edition of What to Watch for Wednesday, a weekly feature where I go over common issues I see when I’m proofreading or wandering through the wilds of the internet. These may be usage errors, common grammar issues, common spelling issues, or anything else along those lines. If you have an issue that you’d like to see highlighted and explained, drop me a line! “I’m weary of…

  • Editing for Impact: Unleashing Emotional Resonance in Your Writing

    What makes a memorable story? Is it a banging plot? Is it dazzling dialogue full of quips and snappy sarcasm? Is it lush and poetic prose? Or is it something else? Is there something else that makes it linger beyond The End, haunting you long after you’ve finished? What can you say about the last story that gave you chills—not just horror chills, but frissons of feeling deep in your…

  • The Power of the Beta Reader: How to Get Valuable Feedback Before Publication

    Writing a story is a deeply personal process. When you’re writing, you’re weaving a tale using only your brain. It might seem like your characters are in the driver’s seat at times, but it’s all you, baby. You’re the one pouring your heart and soul and guts onto the page. You’re the one turning fragments of yourself into words on a page. Naturally, you want those words to be wonderful.…

  • Plot Perfection: Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Fiction Plot Holes

    Ahoy, me hearties! Today we be sailin’ toward a darrrrk, perilous abyss lurking deep in the briny waters of ye dear manuscript: the ol’ plot hole. When you’re writing a piece of fiction, you don’t need some pirate dialect schtick to enthrall your readers—as a matter of fact, I strongly advise against it. No, what you need is a solid, well-constructed plot. Every avid reader or movie enthusiast knows the…