Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
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.
Take the time to read something for yourself—encouragement for writers and editors caught up in their work.
Learn how to choose between italics and quotation marks. Learn when more than capital letters are called for and also when capital letters are sufficient.
The basics on nouns, how they can be used, and how they can be identified.
Encouragement for fiction editors to experience story from the inside by writing either short or long fiction, whatever they typically edit.
Adjectives can be paired or grouped to modify a single noun—learn the rules for using multiple adjectives, including the Royal Order of Adjectives. Explanation of coordinate and cumulative adjectives, and tips for using commas with adjectives as well.
Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.
Push characters to their breaking points and beyond. Don’t hold back but challenge your characters beyond what they thought they could do. Push them beyond what you thought they could do.
Encouragement for a new writing year.