A Cheat’s Guide to Writing a Synopsis – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction.
19 Self-Editing Tips For Your Writing. By Jacqui Murray Now that I’ve published my first novel, To Hunt a Sub, I can say from experience that writing it and editing it took equally long periods of time (and marketing is just as involved).
After finishing the final rough draft (yeah, sure) and before emailing it to an editor, I wanted it as clean possible. Writing Dialogue Tips in Fiction. Books need dialogue. Speech gives life to the page; it humanizes a story; it breaks up long pages of action & description. The Writers' Workshop has sometimes received entire manuscripts with virtually no dialogue - unsurprisingly, such scripts are a long way from being marketable.
The Writing Process: Revising Your Creative Writing « Find Your Creative Muse. December-7-12 Dave Hood “When you write well, revision becomes not a chore, but the essence of the writing act itself.”
(Tell It Slant by Brenda Miller) Revision is part of the writing process. You revise your work after you have selected an idea to write about, completed necessary research, organized your information, decided on what to write about, and then written a first draft. Revision can transform an ordinary piece of poetry, short fiction, personal essay, or any form of writing into something memorable. Revision is often the most creative aspect of writing, providing you take a break after writing the first draft. Editing Tips: Top 3 Story Issues — Guest: Naomi Hughes.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I share lots of writing-related links (in addition to fun stuff like geeky movie trailers and cute animals, of course *smile*).
Twitter can be a great place to find writing chats and blog posts with advice and insights we haven’t seen before. Recently, I came across several of editor Naomi Hughes’s Twitter threads about writing craft and editing tips, some of which she’s compiled in Storify. Her advice really got to the heart of many issues I’ve seen in my writing years (as well as in my freelance editing), so I asked her to come by and share her tips with us. Not only did she agree, but she’s going to be joining us for a series of posts, each focusing on a different level of editing. The names and specifics of those different levels can vary somewhat, so we’re going to concentrate on the functions of each edit rather than the names.
Please welcome Naomi Hughes! Hi guys! The Ultimate Guide to Pitch Writing. Several years ago, I wrote about various methods for pitching our story.
At the time, I was thinking mostly about traditional publishing, so my perspective was someone looking to pitch to agents, including queries and “elevator pitches” (a story pitch short enough to give during an elevator ride at a writers’ conference). However, story pitches are used for self-published books as well as traditionally published books. Free Books: The Dilemma. By Jana Oliver, @crazyauthorgirlPart of the Indie Authors Series My blog post this month came from a chance encounter on Facebook, that source of profound conversations, and cat videos.
The topic was indie authors giving away their books for free, or at a greatly reduced price, like 99 cents. The poster urged her fellow authors to hold the line, to not hand over one's work for little or nothing. She felt that by doing so we were devaluing our creativity, that we don’t think our books are worth the time, effort and tears we put into them. She further argued that top-selling authors don’t discount their books and readers still buy them. Usually I would have skipped by this post, but recently I put the first Chandler Steele book (CAT'S PAW) perma free on five e-book retailers (iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, GooglePlay and Nook).
Pacing and Momentum in Revision – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® One of the elements I like to focus on when I revise is pacing.
Pacing is the manipulation of momentum and time in a piece of writing and how the characters and reader experience it. Pacing influences how time and events unfold in the rise and fall of action, how characters move in scene, and the effects of time on the story itself. When we control pacing, we also control tension. If you want to create tension, look at your pacing. Help! What If I Can’t Find Beta Readers? Every writer struggles to get their thoughts onto the page, such as when we think we’ve included more than we actually did.
We’ve probably all experienced a head-slap moment where we think something is on the page and we discover it was only ever in our head. Similarly, every writer struggles to make their ideas make sense to others. Again, because of that “in our head” perspective, something that makes sense to us might not make sense to others. Here’s How To Finish Your Revision, You Filthy Animal. This is not a soup you monster You clenched up your middle and wrinkled your brow — then, from one of your creative holes poured this narrative slurry of words and ideas, this malformed gremlin egg of unhatched potential.
On every page, characters flop and flail, they say stuff, they do stuff, and it all hangs together with rubbery tendon and braids of discolored flesh. Five Things to Consider During the Revision Process. As writers, writing means rewriting.
Today’s post from the RU archives, written by author Loucinda McGary, addresses points to ponder when you’re revising your story. Most of these entries shared common short-comings. I hesitate to call them mistakes because in most cases, they were easily fixable. I’ve lumped these “short-comings” into five major areas. So once you have finished your first draft and are ready to polish your manuscript, take a look at these five issues. ISSUE #1 – The story starts in the wrong place. Great Synopsis Checklist. Suzanne Purvis A new year full of writing possibilities, hopefully including the most exciting possibility: sending out your submission package to agents and/or editors.
You’ve finished your novel, revised, revised, revised, and polished. Your query letter is tantalizing. Now you’re in need of the last, and most important, piece of your submission package–the synopsis. Oh, no. I hear the rumbles and grumbles echoing over the cyber waves. Advanced Craft Tips. I do a lot of critiquing. As I get better at craft, I’m starting to catch the nuances of good writing; things beyond the basics of POV, show don’t tell, etc. They’re subtler and harder to spot, but I believe they can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author. And yes, I have these same problems too. Tell us what we don’t know: Something happens – your character has a thought about it – someone speaks – your character has another thought. It breaks up and slows the scene, and it doesn’t add enough to warrant the break. When he stepped out, he had no smile for her. The presentation must have gone badly. Do you see how the thought is not only unneeded – but that it weakens the sentences above it?
Knowing I can’t go out there, the walls seem to crowd me, closer than they were a few minutes ago. Rewriting: An Overview of the Process. “It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”— C. J. Cherryh The goal of the rewrite is simple, but not easy. You want your story to live. To accomplish this, it’s helpful to have a basic confidence in the arc of your heroine’s journey before getting more specific with character, dialogue, and the refinement of prose. The Revision Circle: Does My Story Have Too Many Problems? – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
I’m so excited to join WHW as a Resident Writing Coach (because Angela and Becca are awesome—am I right?). *smile* If you’re not familiar with me, I’m Jami Gold, and in addition to my fiction, writing blog, worksheets, and workshops, I also occasionally squeeze in freelance developmental editing. That means I can identify big-picture issues in stories, including:
Some Formatting Tips That Will Make Your Copy Editor Happy by Nan Reinhardt. Copyeditors are people too! Read Nan Reinhardt’s list of how to make things just a tiny bit easier for them! Formatting Tips for Indie Authors Who Want to Do it All Without Learning HTML by Ann Warner. Please welcome back ANN WARNER, with a special post aimed at those who are dealing with the challenges of self-publishing. Scroll to “the Question” below for details of Ann’s giveaway. The Writer's Guide to Self-Publishing Costs and Royalties - Ink and Quills. Last week, I broke down what authors can expect from advances and royalty rates of traditional publishers. Tackling the Synopsis by Rachael Thomas. Revisions . . . Or Do I Have to Listen to That Darn Copy Editor? Nan Reinhardt. So You Wrote a First Draft—Dear God! What NOW? 7 Reasons Why You Should Outline Your Novel DURING Revision.
19 Self-editing Tips. Top Publishers Still Open for Author Submissions. Many people believe that the era of the publishing company is over, and in some cases they are correct. Self-Publishing Houses. Creating Promotional Copy That Works: Tag Lines. By Marcy Kennedy, @MarcyKennedy Part of the Indie Author Series. Top 3 Submission Errors and How Authors Can Fix ’em by Ann Leslie Tuttle* *Today we are re-sharing a post by Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle with Harlequin Books that was originally published by RU founding member Tracey Devlyn in October 2009. How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel. #WriteTip: How to Write a Book Blurb - JeriWB Word Bank. Simple Tips to Make Your Book Description Standout on Amazon – Diane Tibert.
Bulking Up: Fleshing Out a Too-Short Novel. The Spit Shine: Things to Check Before You Submit. What’s Your Long-Term Plan? Deciding What to Put in Your Query Letter. When Should You Stop Revising? When a Literary Agent Says Yes: Evaluating an Offer (or Offers!) of Representation. Literary Agents: A How-to Guide for Writers. Indie Publishing Paths: What’s Your Distribution Plan? Part Two. Insecure Writer's Support Group: EPub Formatting and Beyond.
Find the Right ONLINE CRITIQUE GROUP For You! Formatting: From Manuscript to a Print Book with MS Word. Revision Technique: Why Did You Do That? Picking Editors: What Do You Need from Your Editor? Insecure Writer's Support Group: Guest Blogging Steps and Tips. Why Query Letters Matter to Self-Published Authors, Too. Planning a Book Launch Party (Online or Off!) — Guest: Tamar Hela. How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel. How to Save a Bundle on Editing Costs – Without Sacrificing Quality. Revising without Tears — Guest: Rachel Funk Heller. Print-on-Demand: Introduction to IngramSpark — Guest: Kerry Gans. How to Publish a Book. CreateSpace: Self Publishing and Free Distribution for Books, CD, DVD. First Pages: Tips to Avoid Cliches and Weak Writing. 11 Tips for Editing Your Own Writing. Picking Editors: How to Evaluate Potential Editors.
Picking Editors: What Kind Do We Need? Revising Your Paper for Content. How to Be a Better Hooker (in Writing!) — Guest: Mary Buckham. Renegade Press. Fiction University. How to Write a Successful Synopsis. Category:Basic Book Design. Writing. Writing Editor Blogs.