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Dazzling Dialogue—Part VII

Cut it out! Pare it down. Weed out unnecessary words. Instead of a long, flowery sentence, like this one, sometimes the use of shorter sentences can add sizzle and shine to your dialogue and make it dazzle. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting

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Story-fixing Your Novel––Part X

There is an abundance of material we could continue to cover on this general subject, but I would suggest that if you like what you’ve seen, you purchase Steven James’ Troubleshooting Your Novel. He has so much more in that book than we can share with you in ten parts. To finish up this series, we’ll talk about revisions. Tips for revision include fact-checking, spell-checking, and proofreading. Click to Tweet #amwriting #storyfixing

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Seamless Self-Editing––Part VI

Self Editing for Fiction Writers
Self Editing for Fiction Writers

For the next couple weeks, I’ll be referring back to a resource I used a year or so ago, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. A few months ago, I met Robert Whitlow, a successful suspense author, who said this book taught him how to write. He was a prosperous attorney in the South, as well. Some of his novels have been made into movies. You can check out his website here.

Prospective authors must learn how to edit their own work to the point where a publisher will consider it as is. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready

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Seamless Self-Editing––Part V

golden typewriter keysWriters write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want to be published and have many others read what we’ve written, for the mutual benefit of ourselves and our readers. That’s why self-editing is important. We must do everything we can to get our manuscripts ready for publication. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready

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Seamless Self-Editing—Part II

Proofreading SecretsLast week, I started a series of blog posts on Seamless Self-Editing. Let’s get our manuscript “publish-ready.” Refer to last week’s post for my definition. Today, we’ll look at basic proofreading. Spell check in Microsoft Word or whatever word processing program you use—is simply not good enough. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready #selfediting

The following information is from Kathy Ide, www.kathyide.com. I attended an extended workshop on editing in 2015 in Hershey, PA. Most, if not all this information is in her book Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. I highly recommend this resource. She takes the most common rules from the Chicago Manual of Style and explains them in an easy way.

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Show and Tell — Part III When to Use Narrative Summary

Self Editing for Fiction Writers
Self Editing for Fiction Writers

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers By Renni Browne & Dave King

Second Edition

In referring to this resource on Show v. Tell, today, we’ll be looking at times when narrative summary (telling) can actually enhance the scenes that advance the story along (showing). Click to Tweet #selfediting #amwriting #showvtell

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Show and Tell — Part II

Self Editing for Fiction Writers
Self Editing for Fiction Writers

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers By Renni Browne & Dave King

Second Edition

I started this series last week because of a discussion amongst a few fellow fiction writers, none of us, I might add, are published. I think one of us had some sort of writing training years ago in a traditional college setting. My writing training is more current and from Christian Writers Guild. We discussed show vs. tell. #selfediting #amwriting #showvtell

We writers tend to think we know it all, but we don’t, and what used to be called “creative writing” has changed dramatically in the last few years. Click to Tweet. I talked about that in last week’s post—how television and movies have changed the readers read and writers need to catch up.

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Writing–The Mystery of Characters Part I

sheriff characterWhat is a character? An imaginary person we writers think up. How did I create Meghan Gallagher? She started out as a nineteen-year-old very unlikeable spoiled brat, which is what I wanted her to be, but soon learned no one wants to read about a spoiled brat, even though she was going to change drastically. A former Christian Writers Guild (CWG) mentor helped me make her more likeable, and it worked. Meghan could still exhibit immaturity and impulsiveness, but without the entitlement snobby attitudes that go with it.

How did I form her two suitors, Scott and Duncan? Well, they had to be similar, yet very different. Duncan the cowboy especially, had to be opposite of Meghan, yet in reality, had more in common with her than Scott, the doctor. I’ll deal with them in Part II, and some of my supporting characters in Part III. Continue reading “Writing–The Mystery of Characters Part I”

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers – Dialogue

Self Editing for Fiction Writers
Self Editing for Fiction Writers

I used this resource a while back to talk about Point of View. Because point-of-view is something a lot of writers struggle with. I know I did.

But there’s so much more to this book. I’m going to focus on dialogue, because that’s another area where beginning writers turn potential editors and agents off. Now, I’m not an expert, I’m just sharing this resource with you. And I learn from it as I share it with you.

From pg. 83-84 “Imagine you’re at a play. It’s the middle of the first act; you’re getting really involved in the drama they’re acting out. Suddenly the playwright runs out on the stage and yells, ‘Do you see what’s happening here? Do you see how her coldness is behind his infidelity? Have you noticed the way is womanizing has undermined her confidence? Do you get it?’

“You get it, of course, and you feel patronized. You’re an intelligent theatergoer, and what’s happening on the stage is clear enough. You don’t need the writer to explain it to you.

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