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An Editor's Overall Comments for a Free Sample Edit

This is part 9 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. 963 more words


Bringing the Pain: Why Writing Well Hurts

“Eliminate things until you cry.”


Ever noticed how painful writing is?

I don’t mean the bodily act of it, although that definitely smarts, especially around the eyeballs, neck, and shoulders. 491 more words

How to Edit Your Own Writing Like a Pro, Part 2: Know Thyself

We all have quirks in the way we write. For some of us (*cough* me), those quirks include long sentences, overuse of commas, and overuse of me dashes. 821 more words


Revise It! Banish the Boring Parts of Your Story Using Genre Conventions

“Don’t be boring.” It’s one of the critical parts of writing a book. Authors want to create a story so irresistible that readers will stay up way past their bedtime reading or completely ignore a pivotal football game moment in the marching band section because they were caught in a pivotal story passage. 745 more words

Write Inside Out

Blink, and its gone

Summer. It’s at an end, and I’m hoping for rare blasts of autumnal warmth. I have felt tired, very tired at times. And I’m not surprised. 759 more words

Just Stuff

Writing Tips: Surviving the Skill Plateau

A remarkable thing happened while working on my latest novel, Grand Theft Octo. I wrote about 500 words that needed almost no editing whatsoever. Although I didn’t splurge them out in a carefree frenzy, I didn’t write them especially slowly either. 1,465 more words

Fiction Writing

How to Edit Your Own Writing Like a Pro: Part 1 - The Basics

When it comes to writing, fresh eyes and a second opinion are invaluable tools. Having someone who can look over your writing and make it flow better and catch all the typos and misspellings you weren’t able to catch on your own can take your blog post, short story, or novel from “meh” to “amazing.” (Trust me, I know – the majority of my job is taking the work of okay writers and making their writing sound like it was written by a great writer.) 868 more words