December 2, 2019

When you write a novel, there is a lot of information you have to give your readers. They need to learn about your characters, your setting and, if you’re writing sci-fi or fantasy, maybe even a completely new world. It would be reasonable to think that giving readers...

August 1, 2018

I’m sure you’ve all heard the advice: kill your darlings, cut ruthlessly, make every word count. We all know that we’re supposed to eliminate anything in our novels that doesn’t move the plot forward or teach us something about a character, but it can be hard to know w...

November 14, 2017

Hang out on any writing-related website, and you’ll see authors discussing the cost of editing. While plenty of these authors feel the edit they received was worth every penny, there are also quite a few people who feel the quotes they received or the fees they paid we...

May 27, 2016

A developmental edit is an edit that focuses on story-level concerns such as plot, pacing, character development, and point of view. Because of its focus on big-picture issues, it comes earlier in the writing process than does a line edit (which focuses on the craft of...

December 1, 2014

“She watched as the man pulled a knife from his jacket pocket. She knew that if she didn’t get away now, in the next minute, it would be too late. She saw a door across the room that she thought she could get to before he got to her. Before she could change her mind, s...

November 24, 2014

“I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” ― Shannon Hale, author of Austenland

You have a great idea for a book and can’t wait to start writing. You pour your heart out on the page, fall...

November 17, 2014

Einstein has been quoted as saying, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it is stupid.” So, how does that apply to the writing life? There is no better way to learn how to write well than t...

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