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I am your editor

I am your editor
I have been in publishing for over ten years, mostly as an editor. I am the person who accepts or rejects your manuscript. Here is how I make my decisions. I look at the envelopes I am opening as I work my way down the slush pile. Out come the manuscripts. The submissions with proper SASEs are sorted again. First, because the genre was not right. Second, the submission was not publishable. Third, the submission was unreadable. What does make it easy for me? Those still on my desk get their cover letters read in full. I also enjoy the breathy cover letter that explains the psychology of the characters, the themes of the book, and the spiritual depths of the author: 'This is a sensitive, brilliant, yet deep-felt novel exploring what it means to open yourself to the love that flows through the universe. Now I have a much reduced pile of not-yet-rejected MSS. It is at this point, and only at this point, that I start reading. Scary, isn't it? What do I read? I can't? Related:  règles d'écritures / clichés

Write A Love Letter To Your Wife You may love your wife with all your heart, but does she know that? Does she feel that? Writing a love letter to your wife is a great way to give her a tangible expression of your love. Writing a love letter may seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The best way to get started writing love letters to your wife is to slowly ease into it. Asking for feedback from your wife will also help. After you have been encouraged by your wife to write more, start to expand the length of your love notes. Love note I love looking at you. Love letter Sweetheart, I love looking at you. In the above example, a 13-word love note was expanded into a 110-word love letter. Writing a love letter to your wife is a great way to express your love and devotion to her. If you need more inspiration, please check out my sample love notes and sample love letters.

Explaining too much | Writing One of the usual mistakes beginners make is to explain too much. How much is too much? Deciding this needs a dispassionate eye, a sense of pace, and a sense of what is really necessary for the story. These come with experience, but a beginner can start developing them by recognising the problem. The problem is love. You love your story. For instance: The car plunged through the barrier and over the cliff. and so on. How to guard against the mistake of explaining too much? Then there is the problem of the lovingly-described setting: Nobody came to the farmhouse anymore. And so on and so on through every room of the house. Where description is necessary, avoid a solid, dull block of descriptive prose by integrating description with action, or by having the description filtered through the eyes of a character. Harold stopped in the middle of the hall, breathing decay. The emptiness of the house and the reason Harold is in it begin to come together. Daniel came from a long line of copers.

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6 Ways to Hook Your Readers from the Very First Line Although I consider myself an avid reader, I must admit I have a short attention span when it comes to getting into books. If you fail to grab my attention in the first few lines, I start spacing out. Most readers are like me. Here are a few things I find annoying in the first lines of a story: Dialogue. The last thing you want to do as a writer is annoy or bore people. (N.B. 1. Put a question in your readers’ minds. “Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” 2. By starting at an important moment in the story, your reader is more likely to want to continue so he or she can discover what will happen next. “It was dark where she was crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told.” 3. Description is good when it encourages people to paint a picture in their minds. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” 4. The promise of reading more about a character you find intriguing will, no doubt, draw you into a story’s narrative. 5. 6.

Loving your characters too much | Writing Writers are usually inspired to write because they have a character in their heads who won't go away. The plot arises from the initial problem or desire that impels that character to act, and the narrative follows the consequences of that action to a satisfying end. It's natural to make your main characters, especially your protagonist, likeable. After all, you're probably likeable yourself. The public's appetite for anti-heroes has never been strong, for the good reason that reading about creeps and louses isn't a particularly satisfying reading experience. Readers enjoy stories about acclaim, success, or romance, because they share these with the protagonist. But to give him the gold, the girl and the glory is to fall in love with your protagonist. Is this bad? If you are worried that your book has drifted into fantasy, when you had planned to write about reality, here is a checklist for you who might love your protagonists too much: Does your protagonist lack character flaws? 1. 2. 3.

5 editor's secrets to help you write like a pro | Remarkable Communication - StumbleUpon I do a lot of copyediting, both of books and advertising collateral. I’ll let you in on a secret that still surprises me, although I’ve seen it hundreds of times now. If you looked at the raw work of most professional writers, you’d be pretty underwhelmed. Professional writers get work because they hit their deadlines, they stay on message, and they don’t throw too many tantrums. Professional writers rely on editors to fix their clunks. Editing, like writing, takes time to learn. 1. Have you ever heard a four-year-old run out of breath before she can finish her thought? Sentences are building blocks, not bungee cords; they’re not meant to be stretched to the limit. 2. A paragraph supports a single idea. 3. Nouns ending in -ing are fine. (If for some insane reason you want to get all geeky about this, you can read the Wikipedia article on gerunds and present participles. 4. I know we all heard this in high school, but we weren’t listening. 5. Bonus: Use spell-check

Holly Lisle : How To Think Sideways Writers Boot Camp HOW TO WRITE GOOD Caveat emptor. Carpe diem. O si villi, si ergo, fortibus es in ero. by Frank L. My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules: Avoid alliteration.