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Scrivener Writing Software. Editing - Jeni Chappelle. Free 10-page sample edit For all editing services (please note: this does not include the manuscript assessment), you’ll receive an annotated manuscript with my notes.

Editing - Jeni Chappelle

I use the Track Changes feature in Word so you can accept and reject edits individually, and you’ll always know what I’ve changed. All page estimates are based on the standard: 250 words per page. Developmental and content editing Developmental editing focuses on the elements of storytelling and can take place at any point in the writing process. Copyediting and proofreading Copyediting includes minor corrections like spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar – as well as notes and suggestions on unclear wording and awkward sentences.

Manuscript assessment. Guest Post: How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day - SFWA. By Rachel Aaron When I started writing The Spirit War (Eli novel #4), I had a bit of a problem. The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy – What Are They? Gustav Klimt ~ The Kiss The day after Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect time to clue y’all in on a secret the romance writers have been keeping to themselves.

The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy – What Are They?

MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language! Hey there!

MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!

Lots of writers liked my list of facial expressions, so I thought I would do a companion post about gestures and body language. Describing these can help readers visualize a scene and get a feel for the characters, and again, they can set up lines of dialogue so you don’t have a string of he said, she said, he asked, she exclaimed, etc., running down the page. How to Rock Your Story's Tension. Photo cred: © Sergei Zolkin via Unsplash Today we’re talkin’ tension.

How to Rock Your Story's Tension

No matter your story’s plot or genre, you need to know how to nail tension in your fiction. Why? The Writers Alley: How To Write A Kissing Scene...Valentine Edition. The Kiss...the moment when lips meet, when senses are heightened, when hearts meld.

The Writers Alley: How To Write A Kissing Scene...Valentine Edition

It is a magical thing, because women loved to be kissed They want to be wanted, desired, loved. When writing romance, the kiss is of the utmost importance. How to Write in Deep POV + get inside the mind of your character. Photo cred: © Paolo Imbag via Unsplash This post is part of the HOW TO WRITE A STORY guide series.

How to Write in Deep POV + get inside the mind of your character

Have you ever read a story where you feel completely one with the point of view character? 16 Observations About Real Dialogue. 8 Tips for Awesome Dialogue. Dialogue is one of the most important and also one of the most difficult aspects of a story.

8 Tips for Awesome Dialogue

That is because dialogue is such a common occurrence in readers’ lives. Just as badly done animation of people is creepy, badly written dialogue comes off as fake and vaguely menacing. There is nothing worse to read than a cliché-ridden, stilted, and obviously forced line of dialogue. Emotional Looking Glass: See How Your Body Reacts to Feelings. 21 Writing Prompts for Setting a Scene in Your Novel. When you’re writing (or rewriting) a scene, do you ever get the feeling you just don’t have enough to say?

21 Writing Prompts for Setting a Scene in Your Novel

Sure, there’s the action–but what about all the extra bits meant to flesh out your story? While I don’t encourage overwriting for the sake of word count, meaningful details can help you establish setting and atmosphere. How to Make Your Book Play Out Like a Movie. By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund Recently I received a reader email that said this: "My friend gave me one of your books and I devoured it in two days . . .

How to Make Your Book Play Out Like a Movie

The scenes play out like a movie in my head, and I felt the characters were all real people!” Dramatica - The Next Chapter in Story Development. Kami McArthur, How to Win Writing Contests—and Big Publishing Contracts. Utah Valley Writers. Posted on November 1, 2014 by Michael Gordon Leave a Comment Aaaaaand . . .

Utah Valley Writers

Commence NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone doing it. eReader interactive infographic. 5 Ways To Shorten Your Short Stories. Ever wonder why all short stories are called short, when in fact some of them are medium-length and some are long? These days, many editors of literary journals, especially online literary journals, are putting increasing emphasis on short short stories—that is, short stories that don’t exceed about 3,500 words.

Word count matters to editors. Setting: Using Scene To Enrich Your Writing. In both fiction and nonfiction, the setting is the general background against which your story takes place—the physical location and time period, both of which influence your characters and plot. So how can a creative writer use setting and scenery to further offset, augment, or reflect the action of the plot? Although we’re going to be exploring this issue in terms of fiction, these techniques work for nonfiction as well. These craft techniques work in all genres: poetry, stories, personal essays, memoir, and books. Short Story Shortcuts: 4 Techniques For Making A Big Impact In Few Words.

To successfully write short fiction, you need to make a big impact in as few words as possible. So every choice you make as an author needs to be deliberate, every character needs to act with purpose, and every word needs to pack a punch. When less is definitely more, focusing on certain details can help imbue your short story with lots of color, meaning, and subtext—without superfluous words. Four Small Ways To Pack Big Meaning Into Short Stories. Active Voice Versus Passive Voice.

Today's topic is active voice versus passive voice. Here's a question from Brian in Iowa. He writes, “It drives me crazy when people write in passive voice. How can I teach people how to tell the difference between passive and active voice and to stay away from passive voice?” Well, Brian is right, the first step is to help people understand the difference between active and passive voice, because many people believe they should avoid the passive voice, but fewer people can define it or recognize it. 25 Editing Tips for Tightening Your Copy. The 200 Most Common Redundancies. Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs. The Art of Brevity: 5 Powerful Techniques to Cut the Fluff from Your Fiction. Save the Cat!® National Novel Writing Month. Nano-104230.pdf. The Crash: Braving Your Second Draft. Hemingway.

#Women Are From Venus, Men Are Annoying — A Guest Post. Beta Reader Questionnaire. Five Common Problems I See In Your Stories. This past weekend, I served as faculty at the wonderful Pike’s Peak Writing Conference in lovely Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, my first job on the first day of the conference was to take part in a roundtable blind critique session of the first pages of several manuscripts. Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers. LESLIE LEYLAND FIELDS: 9 Woes of the Writing Life. Writing Empathetically vs. Sympathetically and Sentimentally. Tips for writing book reviews. 5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Damn Empty Modifiers. Written? Kitten! Write or Die 2. 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer.

When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. 7 Things Dungeons & Dragons Taught Me About Storytelling. Aliventures — Writing, blogging, and self-publishing.

Daily Writing Tips. 5-Step Secret To Great Fiction. Novel Writing Tips & Fundamentals – Writing Essentials. 100 Little Ways You Can Dramatically Improve Your Writing. The best writer's resources on the web - Writer's Knowledge Base. 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules For Writing Fiction.

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling. Passionate Reason the blog of author L.E. Henderson: How I Lost My Guilt and Became Addicted to Writing. Telescopic Text © Joe Davis 2008. The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.