Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing

As I continue wrestling with my WIP, Apprentice Cat, using Larry Brooks' Story Engineering strategies, I've suddenly realized it's not just the writing I'll need to edit. Pantsers know (or should know) that they'll be writing draft after draft in order to get the story just right. Plotters, on the other hand, use different methods … Continue reading Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing

11 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier

As if learning the craft of writing a novel isn't difficult enough, after it's finished you'll need to edit it. If you're going to be traditionally published, you'll probably work with an editing staff to make your work marketable. But before it gets to that point, you have to get it past the slush pile … Continue reading 11 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier

Hidden Gems and Little Darlings

What makes you uncomfortable with or defensive about your story is worth looking at closely for two reasons: 1) it could be a hidden gem, or 2) it could be a little darling. Hidden Gems Sometimes as we write our subconscious seeds our stories with hidden gems, like how or where your protagonist will find the answer to his … Continue reading Hidden Gems and Little Darlings

6 Links For Creating Better Characters

I am not a fan of drama. However, against my better judgement, I took the advice Les Edgerton gives in Hooked and rented Thelma & Louise in order to learn about how to create a "proper" inciting incident and the resulting escalating conflicts. I wish I could say the movie pleasantly surprised me, but it didn't. … Continue reading 6 Links For Creating Better Characters

Beta Readers: It’s The Lukewarm Ones That Count

I love my mother. She's one of my biggest cheerleaders (and marketers! :D) and a very good proofreader. She loves just about everything I write, which makes storytelling fun because I know someone will enjoy it. She's also pretty good at giving me honest feed back, but let's face it... she's my mother. Of course … Continue reading Beta Readers: It’s The Lukewarm Ones That Count

Can Editing Be Fun? Maybe. by Therese Walsh

I just read a fantastic post on storyfix.com by Therese Walsh about ways to get creative Right Brain working with analytic, "hatchet-happy" editor, Left Brain. Instead of trying to explain what Therese says, I've decided to repost it. Here it is: Can Editing Be Fun? Maybe. a guest post by Therese Walsh First, I want to thank Larry … Continue reading Can Editing Be Fun? Maybe. by Therese Walsh

Improve Your Writing with these Editing Tips by Dustin Wax

Sorry folks, but this cold virus is really causing havoc here, so I've decided to do you all a favor (read: not write anything in gibberish as that seems to be how I'm speaking today :P) and repost Improve Your Writing with these Editing Tips by Dustin Wax. He's got some great advice I think … Continue reading Improve Your Writing with these Editing Tips by Dustin Wax