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
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
Whilst researching non-fiction, I found this article called And Now for the Sequel…Writing Series Fiction for Children by Nikki Tate. It’s interesting to read the thoughts of this writer, because they echo my own thoughts in so many ways, even though I made up my own mind before reading it elsewhere. I like how this … Read moreAnd Now for the Sequel
Struggling Writer is always supplying his readers with great links, so I wasn’t surprised when I saw this one – BBC – Get Writing. There are informative courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced writers in the Mini-Courses section. Also, if you browse The Craft, you’ll find heaps of helpful articles on all aspects of writing…including … Read moreBBC – Get Writing
Editing means that we try to make our story as flowing and reader friendly as possible. It means that we take away the confusion of awkward sentences, bad grammar and spelling and allow our readers to enjoy the story. Constant mistakes will distract the reader and eventually they will focus on how terrible we write, … Read moreWhy do we edit?
I wrote this for the Writers Email Group and thought I’d put it here too. I don’t swear…no, that’s not right, I rarely swear. If I do, people know I’m seriously angry…and run. Yet I know lots and lots of people, including women (and children), who swear on a daily basis (no matter what their … Read moreGetting it Right
Have you heard of the KISS technique? No, it doesn’t mean you go around giving everyone a big sloppy kiss in the hope of getting published. It means to keep your writing simple. KISS = Keep it simple stupid Some writers feel they have to use big, impressive words to be successful but, often, by … Read moreKeep It Simple (Stupid)
Writing the Perfect Scene – When I read this it made perfect sense to me. A light went on in my head – “this is something I’m doing wrong”. I will learn to write using the Motivation Reaction Units within my Scenes and Sequals. Motivation is what the character sees, hears, smells, tastes, and feels … Read moreWriting the Perfect Scene