Please vote for my novel, The Grim Reaper: And Company! on Kindle Scout here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB I recently told my husband that for every hour I spend writing, I spend three more editing. It’s a rough guess–I spend much more on some areas and less in others, but as a rule, I don’t especially enjoy editing. That’s why I … More Grammarly Review: Automatic Proofreader
There is one mistake that I have seen over and over again when proofreading for other people or reviewing my own drafts. It is a very small mistake, and one that–if you know how to find it–can be obliterated completely from your novel in just a few minutes… but it’s hard to catch when you … More Ten Words That Will Keep You From Getting Published
There are many different steps that go into the creation of a novel. You have your original idea, plot and plan until you’re confident enough to write it, then you do the writing itself, then you edit and do more writing, and then more editing… and then there’s the publication. If you’ve made good progress on … More How To Prepare for a Publisher
When I was writing the Tone Talks series, I figured that the area of character relationships really needed something more than a brief mention or paragraph. This is one of the biggest mistakes of amateur writers and an easy thing to miss if you don’t know what to look for. If handled well, characters relationships … More “Yes, Dear”: On Character Relationships
Sometimes, it’s obvious what needs to go for your novel to reach perfection. Some odd scenes and moments that don’t really fit in with anything or that are very clumsily written are easy to say no to, even if they seemed like a good idea at the time. Others might be sections that you are … More What to Cut?
Well, we finally made it to part three of the Tone Talks! First we covered how language and dialogue can be used to create a more vivid and fully dimensional world, and then we discussed how you can (and should) use your tone to connect with your readers in the real world. Now it’s time … More Tone Talks: Connection and Consistency
The tone of the novel, the voice the readers will hear when they open your book, is one of the most important things to watch for when you’re editing your final drafts before submitting or self-publishing. There are lots of theories about it–how important it is to have an individual style, how important it is … More Tone Talks: Your World
Once upon a time, I was editing a terribly dramatic scene in a fantasy novel. The princess had stolen her dead mother’s elven bow to take part in a sudden battle, and in the process of defending her palace had been mortally wounded. Her father, the king, was openly weeping at his only daughter’s bedside … More The King’s Rage: Giving Your Characters Venom
Writing is often a very quiet and private experience for me. I curl up on a corner of a couch with a mug of hot tea, flex my fingers, and then write for as long as I can, avoiding distractions and other people whenever possible. However, I have learned that sometimes, especially when editing a … More Stimulate Your Ears, Stimulate Your Book: Reading Aloud and Listening to Music
In an ideal world, you would know when you were finished writing or editing a novel. You would finally reach a point where “THE END” was spelled out to you in big bold letters, or when the novel reached a point of perfection that landed it a spot among the greatest of classics. But… this … More Over-editing: What Is It And 5 Ways to Avoid It
Aaaand, it’s June! A great month to finish that novel and get those writing muscles back in gear! I’m busy this week with Book-In-A-Week, where I’m writing a story about a girl who gets kidnapped by gypsies (no idea where that’s going, but I’m hoping to tie it into another novel I’m trying to finish), doing … More It’s June!
Believe it or not, March 4 is the great annual holiday, National Grammar Day! That means that editing today has a special target: grammar!
What do you know? I was putting together events for my new event calendar that can help finish that novel, and I learned that March is supposed to be NaNoEdMo–National Novel Editing Month. I say “supposed to be” because, well, NaNoEdMo is MIA in 2014. Hopefully that won’t be true next year, but apparently they’re … More National Novel Editing Month