You have written a story – short story or novel, it doesn’t matter. Now it is time to self-edit it. It is easy to find flaws in other people’s work, but quite difficult to recognise them in your own. There are three components of self-editing: 1. line/copy-editing, 2. sentence editing, 3. content editing. Line/Copy-editing A … Read moreWriting Course: Self-Editing Your Work
Editing and proofreading is not just about printed matter/publications, it also involves working with other technology such as: A website, where you would proof the pages on-screen and either email, fax or post back the corrections. A PDF document, where you would proof the document on-screen and email back the corrections. A Word, RTF or … Read moreEditing Course: Using Technology
April Hamilton wrote a very interesting post called When Editing & Critiquing, Check Your Personal Opinions At The Door. This reminder comes at a great time because yesterday I sent one of my older short stories to a critique group for the once over. Luckily for me, I’m not new to the game of critiquing … Read moreLearning to Detach Yourself when Receiving Critiques
I often roam the internet, making my way from one website to another, reading hundreds of words written by other people. Those words sometimes anger me, at other times they make me cry, but today I found words that inspire. Some Mad Hope: When Nothing Is Good. This is a post that reminds us about … Read moreSome Mad Hope: When Nothing Is Good
Benjamin Solah added a post by the same name – How Do I Edit? – to his blog earlier in the week. I found it interesting to read about how someone else tackles the editing process and then I started thinking about how I would answer the same question. I admit it isn’t easy to … Read moreHow Do I Edit?
I was recently at Jim Butcher’s blog – author of the Dresden Files. There is a lot to read there, but I was especially interested in the article about using an arc to plan a story. His suggestion is to simply draw an arc on a piece of paper. Naturally, the beginning of the arc … Read morePlanning a Scene
If you visit a lot of writers’ websites, you’ll soon find a large majority of them openly admit to starting more stories than they finish. There are several reasons for this, but I’m going to talk about only one of those reasons today – the lure of a new project. Yesterday, after a strong fight … Read moreThe Lure of a New Project
A muse is similar to a witch’s familiar, which is usually associated with a black cat. The cat is a companion to the witch, but it doesn’t do the work of the old hag (although it can be a pair of extra eyes, which I suppose she could find helpful). A muse on the other … Read moreHow to Murder Your Muse