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WWYD (“What would you do?”) is a common question in writing groups. It happens when an author reaches an impasse in the story for the character’s actions. So often it comes across like a popularity contest: I’ll have the character do whatever most of them say they’ll do, and that will make my story popular.Continue reading “Stop asking WWYD”
All of my clients are indie authors, and as their editor I do like to help them spread the word of their books. You’ll find I’ve updated my client books pages with several new titles: Married to the Interstellar Colonist. This is author Ami Wright‘s sixth, and final, book in The Lost Romans science fictionContinue reading “recent (client) releases”
With the proliferation of places to self-publish your stories, there’s a lot more reading material out there to choose from. Some authors might say marketing is their secret. They know what their readers like and they know where they go to find reading material, and they buy ads to reach them. But a lot ofContinue reading “Don’t take my word for it”
Writer’s block. Some say it exists. Some say it doesn’t; it’s all in your head. Pointedly, both sides are right. Everything about story writing is in your head. Until it moves to your fingers to the rhythm of a swishing pen, or the clickety-clack of keys on a keyboard. Author Peggy Lantz posted about herContinue reading “Advice for when writers struggle”
Some writers start at the beginning of their writing plans and know that they want to write a series. Others have a vague idea. Still others, however, may not realize they are writing a series until either, they near the end of the draft of the first book, or they get feedback and reviews fromContinue reading “Going Serial”
Today is the beginning of summer in the U.S. and it is the perfect time to write a winter holiday novel for publishing in December. It is also the perfect time to secure a space with your editor. I have a deal for you… LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS: Theme: The story should have a holiday settingContinue reading “Holiday (stories) editing sale”
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. I am a reader as well as an editor, and I do not get involved in editing stories I can’t see myself getting behind wholeheartedly. That said, many clients have published the books which I edited for them since I last updated a couple months ago. SoContinue reading “More authors books now available”
Characters are so crucial to storytelling that there is a lot of advice about how to build them. There’s D&D style charts, and there’s Meyers-Briggs personalities. Some writers use zodiacs, and some use tropes. When you have a trait, or a trope, what can often happen when you get down to the actual writing isContinue reading “More thoughts on character building”
You may have noticed a new menu item at the top of the page titled “Resources.” I’m going to populate this area of the site with resources to help writers with some phase of the writing (such as beginnings, middles, and ends), crafting plots, subplots, scenes, and editing, avoiding and fixing info dump, pacing, activeContinue reading “Building Writers’ Resources”
(by the way, it’s not actually good manuscript formatting to type “The End” at the end of your manuscript. Yeah. Really.) “How do I end my book?” “Is this a good ending?” “Should I use an epilogue?” I’ve heard these in my writing group numerous times. I’ve heard this from developmental editing clients. And yes,Continue reading “When to type “The End””
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