Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Tips for a mix of writing situations you might have trouble with including weaved or wove, may or might, and set or sit.
A look at words, punctuation, and writing elements that can be safely excised from novels, creating more memorable fiction.
Explore how the change in words affects individual moments and scenes and stories, and how words can direct fiction.
A quick guide to manuscript clean-up. By the time you need these tips, you should have worked through multiple drafts of your story. The manuscript should also have been edited—by you or others—and proofed—also by you or others.
The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?
Write hot, edit cold was advice originally given to ad writers, but it’s great advice for any writer. A look at the advantages of editing and analyzing manuscripts with a cool head and from a distance.
Unnecessary words can burden your stories with flab, make them sag. The wrong words can even diffuse the impact you’re trying to create. Be alert for these phrases and words that can dull your fiction.
There’s more to story than mechanics and plot and characters. What impression does your story make? How does it hit you? And have you conveyed that impression to readers?
You’re ready for submission, but is your manuscript? Take one final pass through your story using these tips to help with last-minute cleanup.
All writers leave something out of their early drafts. Learn your writing weaknesses and then plan your rewrites around strengthening your stories and overcoming those weaknesses.