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

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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

Love It. Hate It. The Great “Indie” Debate

Love it or hate it, if you're a writer you can't ignore it.  It's the debate on whether being self-published is valid or not and whether we should continue to call ourselves Independent Authors or Self-published Authors.  After reading Victoria Strauss' "Why You Are Probably Not an Independent Author (or, Another Post for Which I … Continue reading Love It. Hate It. The Great “Indie” Debate

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