Identifying and eliminating the boring parts in a story isn’t a matter of following a checklist. The key to identifying those dull areas is a matter of understanding the genre conventions of your story, judicious use of beta reader and editor feedback, and creating the most intriguing narrative, voice, and characters you can. … More Revise It! Banish the Boring Parts of Your Story Using Genre Conventions
So you get your manuscript back from beta readers, and they pick out sentences that don’t sound right, but they aren’t sure why. Or you’re self-editing, and you want to tackle some of the sentence corrections yourself before sending your work out for a line edit. Here are five tips to improve those sentences! … More 5 Ways to Improve a Sentence – Fiction Edition
Writing feedback is great–but only if you know what to do with it. A healthy sense of your own Push, a clear mind, and a system for managing feedback will keep you on track with your vision and give you fresh insight and motivation. … More 5 Tips for Evaluating Writing Feedback and Advice
My friend Bethany A. Jennings over at SimmeringMind.com is launching her editing career, and as part of that, is throwing one massive editing giveaway! I’m honored to be part of this. I’m giving away a print copy of my world-building textbook AND workbook: Plus, I’m giving away two hours of coaching and two ten-page comprehensive content … More Major Editing Giveaway!
Greetings! To all of you in the thick of NaNoWriMo, here’s a little field report from what I’ve observed over the years I’ve either participated or observed this phenomenal, month-long event. I give you: 7 People You Meet During NaNoWriMo 1.) Word-Sprint Wizards – these dynamos are masterful at putting pedal to the metal in … More 7 People You Meet During NaNoWriMo