Macro Editing

Macro Editing. What it is: A tough task for me 🙂 And the first step in revisions. Involves adjusting your story, plot, character arcs, setting, structure etc. All the BIG stuff. It’s tough for me because I’m just not confident enough in my own decisions as a writer. Not yet. It’s too early. I simply […]

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Killing My Darlings

It’s an old saying, but it’s good advice. Kill your darlings.I’d heard it said many times but I never really thought about it pertaining to me. *insert smiley face* Well, guess what? It pertains to all writers. You love your words. You do. It may be a sentence, a paragraph, a scene or a whole […]

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Cutting Unnecessary Characters

So…apparently I’m not only best friends with Was, Had, Could and There Are, and practically dating Passive Voice, but I’m also quite friendly with Unnecessary Characters. They visit me often. I tried to do a little research on the subject of UC’s but Google failed me this morning. Hey…it’s really a first so I’m not […]

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Verbs and Line Edits

Yesterday, on The Writing Resource, I posted links about building a better Strong Verb Vocabulary. For most of us, it isn’t that we don’t know the words, but that we simply don’t use them. My rough draft is littered with linking verb + ing phrases. Wait…did you catch that?? My rough draft is littered with […]

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Moving Forward

How I see my heroine, Katherine Shaw. PHOTO CREDIT I decided that since my children are back in school now and my routine is back to normal, I need to focus more on blogging about my writing journey since, well….that is what this blog is all about 🙂 The only problem is that I don’t […]

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My Top 25 Things To Remember When Writing

People ask me all the time – “When is your book going to be finished?” I smile and say, “Hopefully soon.” Sometimes they’ll ask why it takes so long, and I go into a spiel about all the things involved, and every time this occurs, I am reminded of the difficult task I took on. […]

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It’s An Editing Party!

So….today I thought I’d post a short story that inspired one of the characters in my current WIP.  (Can’t tell you which one…though it’s obvious at the end of this short.) But…I’m not just posting this for reading pleasure.  I’m posting this as a lesson in editing…mostly for me…but hopefully it will help others too. […]

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