Tag: editing

Freebie Mondays: the Phases of Dreamers Do Lie

Freebie Mondays: the Phases of Dreamers Do Lie

I decided to do something interesting (and a tiny bit dangerous). I opened an old draft of one of my novels and used Word’s comparison feature to examine how much it changed. For those that aren’t familiar with this particular feature, it essentially highlights in red every change made between the different versions of the …

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How to Perfect Your Novel’s Pacing – A Powerful Guide

How to Perfect Your Novel’s Pacing – A Powerful Guide

Pacing is one of the most discussed story structure elements. Everyone knows about it. (We learn about it in high school English class along with tone and atmosphere.) But even if we didn’t study it, it’s an intrinsic piece of storytelling we subconsciously recognize. How many times have you walked out of a movie and …

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Comma, Comma, Comma Clarification

Comma, Comma, Comma Clarification

Writers have an interesting relationship with their old work. Some writers talk about novels shoved in boxes and pushed under the bed, or locked in desk drawers never to see the light of day again. That’s because writers don’t like to look back at where they came from. It allows them to see all the …

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What Makes a Good Story?

What Makes a Good Story?

What makes a good story? Ask twenty different readers and you might get twenty different answers. Patterns usually start to emerge, though. Certain elements tend to draw people to stories, though the most important element will vary among individuals. Readers like stories with interesting characters they can connect to and identify with. They like exciting …

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How Studying Plot Structure Makes Editing Smoother

How Studying Plot Structure Makes Editing Smoother

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the nitty gritty, dirty nitpicking involved with the editing process. One of the first things people think of when they sit down to edit something they’ve written is proofreading and line editing. And it’s true that choosing the right words and making sure you have them in …

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