#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words
Jan23

#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words

If you want your novel to suck less, try cutting out filter words. When it comes to narrative distance and filter words, it’s important for a writer to ask if the achieved effect of such words is on purpose. Filter words tend to slip in unintentionally and weaken writing. All stories have a narrator, and no matter the point of view, this shapes how events are rendered for the reader. A certain awkwardness arises when a character...

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#EditTip: The Cost of Editing (Infographic)
Nov07

#EditTip: The Cost of Editing (Infographic)

The cost of editing, like all professional services, varies drastically depending on qualification factors such as level of training and years of experience. While I’ve consistently raised my fees, I also strive to offer incomporable quality at affordable rates. The amount I propose to individual authors is less than what I earn from a couple of contracts with other publishers, but my goal is to consistently close that gap....

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#EditTip: Picking a Point of View
Oct03

#EditTip: Picking a Point of View

Picking a point of view (POV) to tell a story from can make or break a novel. The question of which character is telling the story and why matters to both readers and writers, not to mention that choice creates a domino effect within the book that impacts many other literary elements. When point of view is handled well, nobody notices. When botched, the effort sticks out like a sore thumb.   Picking a Point of View: Choices!...

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#EditTip: Sentence Structure and Styling Sentences
Jul18

#EditTip: Sentence Structure and Styling Sentences

Sentence structure is a glorious thing. Yet, chances are you don’t consciously think about how to write this or that sentence structure when pounding out a draft. However, revising for style can make your writing truly stand out from someone else who is merely getting the job done. When I’m editing for clients, one of the main reasons the writing falls flat stems from the repetition of sentences that follow the SVO...

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#CopyEdit: 5 Weak Words to Avoid (Infographic)
May02

#CopyEdit: 5 Weak Words to Avoid (Infographic)

Weak words to avoid in our writing abound, but a select few tend to rear their heads time and time again. Don’t sweat their occurrence in earlier drafts, but do make sure to go on a seek and destroy mission in later drafts. You might even go so far as using the find feature (Ctrl + F) to see exactly how many times each occurs. Nothing makes my editor’s eyes twitch more than these so-called weasel or junk words. The...

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