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12 Words to (Almost Always) Cut

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Blog Posts, Editing, Featured, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

12 Words to (Almost Always) Cut

Strong stories are not necessarily short. They don’t need to be Hemingway-esque masterpieces of bare prose. In fact, I have friends who would argue “Hemingway-esque masterpiece” is an oxymoron; the man’s writing gets downright boring. And it would be hypocritical of me to argue for only short sentences or short paragraphs. I have to consciously apply myself to make use of either.    But in a strong story, every word counts. And no word is misplaced or ill-chosen. The...

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Common edits to improve your writing

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Writing Advice | 0 comments

A lot of editing and rewriting involves relatively minor mechanical and technical changes. A lot. Not that I’m complaining; making these simple changes is a routine part of my work, and if nothing else it keeps me steadily employed. Many of them are changes I make to my own writing on a second draft! However, I thought it’d be helpful to share my “greatest hits”: the advice I give most often, and make use of most often when revising my own work. If you can apply this...

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Living With Imposter Syndrome–Guest Post Live on Fictionvale!

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

The first mercy of impostor syndrome, in my experience at least, is that it isn’t constant. Instead it attacks at intervals, at moments of either my deepest despair or highest success. Of course success attracts this psychological beastie’s attention: in the grips of impostor syndrome, my jerky brain is happy to dismiss any achievement as a fluke or a fraud. I’ve either tricked people into thinking I can write, or they’ve reviewed my manuscript favorably from pity for someone so pathetically...

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All the Grammar Knowledge You Need for NaNo

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

All the Grammar Knowledge You Need for NaNo

National Novel Writing Month is not the time to become a grammar expert. The entire idea of this challenge is to stop worrying and write, that is, to churn out 1600+ words of prose each day, prose whose main glory is that it exists, not that it is perfect. Stopping to study capitalizing, punctuation, and sentence structure can only be a distraction, and probably a dispiriting one. That said, NaNoWriMo is also not a great time to be slowed down by worrying whether you’ve punctuated this...

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Editing Gift Cards!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Editing Gift Cards!

They’re here! I’ve printed off this lovely bunch because I’m offering 10,000 words of line-by-line editing as an auction item at the Plowshare Center of Waukesha’s Fashionably Fair Trade fundraiser this September. But gift certificates are also available for any wordcount and any occasion–and can be delivered electronically as well as in hard copy. I can even custom design the gift card for you to print out or email them.  If you’re lost on gift...

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Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

I’m happy to announce that The Starter Guide for Professional Writers is now available at most online retailers! The Starter Guide for Professional Writers contains everything to know so that you can begin earning money for your writing. Ten chapters address every stage of writing, revising, releasing, and promoting your first (or second, or third) published story, including what you need to:  Defeat writer’s block and finish your story Revise to make the strongest manuscript...

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The Starter Guide for Professional Writers is Complete! Completely Complete!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Starter Guide for Professional Writers is Complete! Completely Complete!

After a grueling morning formatting session, I am pleased to announce that the Starter Guide for Professional Writers has been submitted to CreateSpace for approval and will be going to the Kindle Store, Smashwords, and Omnilit within the next few days. I’m mostly exhausted, but also pretty pleased. Because of a number of illustrations among the text, I have to do the ebook formatting very carefully–wish me luck! But the print files are as clean as I can make them, and no errors...

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News

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

“No news is good news.” A cliche tells you very little, almost nothing on the literal level. But from my choice of cliche, you might infer that I am suffering writer’s block on this blog post, either from lack of interest or lack of content, and yet I am rather content. This is not untrue. I’m going through a phase where blogging and social chit-chat do not seem particularly easy for me. My opinions and experiences have not seemed worth writing much about, certainly not...

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It’s Been a Grand Weekend

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

It’s Been a Grand Weekend

Especially for Whovians. Also those still mourning the passing of John Fitzgerald Kennedy–now that’s a morbid cosmic coincidence. And somewhere between joy and tragedy lie the Hobbit fans, with the Battle of Five Armies also falling on November 23rd (warning: may be spoilers through the wikia link). For me, it’s also been the culmination of several weeks of intense labor, interspersed with perhaps more procrastination than strictly speaking necessary. And also with my awesome...

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Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog Posts, Editing, Featured, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

CreateSpace is one of the most popular POD (print-on-demand) choices for self-publishing authors and small presses. Each time a book is ordered through Amazon or another retailer, CreateSpace prints the book and ships it. Each month, CreateSpace sends the author accrued royalties, after it takes its printing and distribution costs. The author doesn’t need to worry about managing an inventory of unsold books-all one needs to do is write the book and upload it with proper formatting. And...

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