Editing With or Without a Budget

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

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

Sandwich Critiquing

You've been asked to read a friend's manuscript. After dutifully plowing through 100 pages of less-than-perfect, sometimes entertaining, but often difficult to understand prose you're left with one question: how do you tell your friend her manuscript needs a lot of work? Unless you really don't care about hurting your friend's feelings and possibly losing … Continue reading Sandwich Critiquing

The Art of Critiquing

It's come to my attention that there are a lot of us who don't have a clue how to honestly critique. We can tell you we like your story (or hate it), but we leave out the most important part -- the why. Critiquing isn't just about misspellings and bad punctuation. It's about understandability, what … Continue reading The Art of Critiquing

Critters Makes for Better Writing

My husband is a big Star Wars fan.  He watches all six movies often, though there's a couple he watches more often than the rest.  He collects the action figures (never call them toys to a "true" collector).  He rushes to the video store that sells the comic books the same day they call him … Continue reading Critters Makes for Better Writing