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Keep it Simple, Silly!   KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly. That’s a cleaned-up version of a mantra most of us have heard time and time again. Keep it simple. And I’d never call anyone… well, you know. So silly works better for me. I find I use the word simplify rather often in my notes to authors, and it struck me that this could be...

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Creative Roadblocks: What keeps you from writing? As I look back on the past year, I am reminded that I didn’t write that novel I’d planned to get on paper. I wrote plenty for this site, and while I can count that as practicing my craft in a sense, it did not get me any closer to my goal to write a novel. So why didn’t...

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The Dreaded Mirror Scene Articles / On Writing

Not too long ago I read a book to review on my personal blog. This not-to-revealed book started out well enough. The writing was decent, the editing was *cough* passable, and the author was establishing the main female protagonist properly. Then within the first seven pages, there wasn’t just one mirror scene but two! I shook my head and closed the book. Two mirror scenes...

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Quick Tips: Readers Aren’t Mind Readers   I have read or edited many books in my time that made me scream for more but not necessarily more of the story line or the characters, but more development of the story itself. Many authors fall into the mindset that their readers will understand exactly what they are thinking or trying to convey but the fact of...

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We’ve all seen the following review: the editing in this story was terrible. When I read these types of reviews, I often wonder just what part of the editing was supposedly bad. Was it the substance of the story that was badly edited? Was the story a nightmare of grammatical issues? Was the story overrun with typos or formatting errors? Or were there issues with...

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Quick Tips: Making Time To Write All writers have struggled with finding enough time to write. Some stress over it so much it hampers their work to the extent some form blocks or lose their muses. I’m all too familiar and can safely attest that many authors can agree with me. But the real question is: Is it beneficial to you as an author to...

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Overuse of The Five Senses in Writing   I read a book a while back and came across a quirk in the writing that I had to weigh in on. The use of the five senses in writing when describing elements in a novel is a useful tool to bring dimension to a story… to a point. So often when a writer employs this device...

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Break the Rules for Style Recently I had the pleasure of editing a high school senior’s college application essay. It’s been years since I’ve seen—or written—one of these, and I did a little research before making any changes to it. The last thing I wanted was to change anything that might affect his voice as a writer and the reaction his words would have on...

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I had the fortune of coming across a most interesting TED Talk the other night. It was about finding your purpose in life, and it got me thinking about writing theory and understanding the purpose of one’s book. Today’s article is mainly intended for writers of fiction. The speaker in the TED talk, Adam Leipzig, offered his listeners five key questions that they must answer...

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How to Write a Love Scene An Editor’s View Fewer things in writing are as daunting as creating a love scene. There’s no step-by-step guide or tried and true method for guaranteed success—not only that, but writing a love scene can be a very personal expression of the author’s self. For the purposes of this article, I will address mainstream romance, not erotica. According to...

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