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Editing Tips

Editing Tips

Editing Tips Some editing tips and tricks for you, me, and all the writers we know! And don’t know, too …. Because if you did NaNoWriMo this year, then now is right about the time you might start to thinking about attacking the editing beast. Or maybe you just don’t want to look at it…

Editing Part 2

Editing Part 2

Editing Part 2 More Editing Last time, we looked at some general issues surrounding editing. Although the process may seem daunting, it still must be done. For this post, I will assume you have done the tasks outlined in the first part. If not, then this methodology will still work. But I think you’ll find…

Editing Part 1

Editing Part 1

Editing Part 1 What’s this All About? Editing in a Nutshell Unless you normally write six-word horror stories, you are going to need an editor. Everybody needs this service. However, you should edit your work before handing it over to a professional. In particular, if you are just coming off NaNoWriMo, you need to trim…

Descriptions

Descriptions

Descriptions All about descriptions Descriptions are a must. You need them for any type of writing beyond the barest drabbles. Involve the reader in the piece. And that means pulling descriptive prose out of your head. You must commit it to paper or pixels. Scenes Scene setting is covered elsewhere in this blog. However, that’s closely related…

Scene Setting

Scene Setting

Scene Setting Scene Setting Basic scene setting is a fundamental skill which every writer needs to perfect. Let’s look at some ways to do it. All the old familiar places When your story takes place during the present day, you’re in luck! You can get away without going over basic information. Present-day Moscow has cars….

Bechdel test

Bechdel test

Bechdel test What is the Bechdel test? The Bechdel test is best defined by the Bechdel site: … sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other,…

Genre Treatments

Genre Treatments

Genre Treatments Genre Treatments When it comes to genre treatments, do you treat horror, science fiction, and romance all the same way? Or do you just stick to one genre and call it a day? What are Literary Genres? It might help to understand just what literary genres are. Let’s start with the short one….

Reviewing – Bad Reviews

Reviewing – Bad Reviews

Bad Reviews Reviewing – Bad Reviews – lousy reviews are tough to write! However, you need to write the occasional less than wonderful review in order to establish and maintain credibility. Not every novel is a stellar one. Not every effort is perfect and pristine. This blog post is about reviewing badly-written works. But if a work…

Reviewing – Middling Reviews

Reviewing – Middling Reviews

Middling Reviews Reviewing – Middling Reviews – fair to middling reviews are harder to write. Because there is definitely a skill involved. But you are probably going to write more of them than any other type of review. Why? Because truly superlative works are uncommon. As always, kindness should be your guide. The work isn’t…

Reviewing – Positive Reviews

Reviewing – Positive Reviews

Positive Reviews Reviewing – Positive Reviews – these are the life blood of any independent author. We live for them! But how can you make them even better? Caveats Don’t provide a positive review in exchange for a positive one you just got. And don’t provide one in the hopes that you’ll get one in…

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