Tag: self-editing


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Divas Recommend: Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction by Kristen Lamb   When I read this article, I fell it love with it and had to share it with everyone. If you are an author navigating the world of writing and self-editing, you’ve got to read this Kristen Lamb’s article, “Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction.” The six easy tips address some of the...

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Articles / On Writing

Quick Tips: Knowing When To Step Away   Writing a book is hard work. I know this as an editor and as an author. I have written about a bajillion words (okay, not a bajillion, but many, many hundreds of thousands of words) on my own stories, blog posts, reviews, articles, etc. So it’s safe to say I know the amount of blood, sweat, and...

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Kathie's Corner

Self-editing, a Guide to Reduce Your Word Count Before you send your manuscript off to an editor, there are a few things you can do to make the experience as pleasant for you both as possible. First, you should make sure that the formatting is the same throughout the manuscript: Check to see if all the chapter titles are the same number of returns from...

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Articles

Today the Divas discuss participial phrases, how they function, and how to fix them when something goes wrong. Participles are wonderful. In fact, many authors love them. But as with most things we love, excess can lead to problems. This is especially true with participial phrasing. All things considered, there is a lot of room to go wrong both technically and substantively when using participles,...

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Tips

Quick Tip: Stop Self-Editing While Writing I’ll be blunt: Stop self-editing; it bites. Self-editing isn’t a bad thing—until after your body of work is finished, that is. Oftentimes it slows your writing process down to a snail’s pace with indecision, self-doubt, and poor execution. I have given this advice to many of my authors when they are pushed up against a deadline and need to...

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