There’s a lot of information in the world telling writers they have to write more to be successful. While it’s true that, the bigger your backlist the more money you’ll bring in, creating that mountain takes time. The more time it takes, the more disillusioned you may feel. If you’re like me, you’re schedule is … Continue reading 3 Great Tools To Increase Writing Productivity
I've received several emails over time asking if I think a human editor is better than using editing software or vice versa. Although I've addressed this in the past, I think it's necessary to make it clear that I think that software can never replace a human editor. Step 1: Use Editing Software By using editing … Continue reading Is Editing Software As Good As A Human Editor?
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
Editing. Possibly one of the most loathed words in a writer's vocabulary. It's a necessary evil, but with the right tools and some help from people who understand what you're doing you won't need to put it under getting a root canal on your to-do list. The first thing you need to do is to … Continue reading Editing With or Without a Budget
Using software to help you edit your manuscript isn't an easy cheat. You'll still need to do the work of re-writing. However, editing software can make self-editing a little less worrisome and there are a lot of different options, both free and paid.
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 13 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier
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