Tag: editing

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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A Perspective Primer – Which is Best?

A Perspective Primer – Which is Best?

So far my editing guides have covered grammar rules like punctuation and passive voice. Aside from those, my most frequent notes center around perspective. But unlike the other guides I’ve written, perspective can’t be handled with a short paragraph of guidelines. Perspective, or point of view, is a stylistic choice every writer must make in …

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How to Punctuate with Precision – A Helpful Guide for Indies

How to Punctuate with Precision – A Helpful Guide for Indies

Back in September, I put together a quick reference editing guide to help my fellow indies with their editing woes. I wanted to provide tools that would make the editing process easier. But I also wanted to help indies spot a skillful editor – a daunting task considering the wide variety of options. That guide …

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Make Line Editing Easy – A Helpful Guide for Indies

Make Line Editing Easy – A Helpful Guide for Indies

The top piece of feedback I note in reviews of self-published fiction is lack of proper editing. We’re talking about line edits here; basic spelling, grammar and structure. This tends to be the first thing most readers notice, because it breaks up the flow and makes the story difficult to read. A high number of …

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