Category: Self-Editing

The Struggle is Real

Writing is about being creative, but creativity is not limitless. I’ve hit a dry spell for both my creative writing as well as my weekly Wednesday updates on this website/blog. A part of that is not getting any real dialogue or feedback via this site but another, larger part is the joy I feel about it, or rather – the lack of it.

Stack Those Words – Part 3

Last week, we discussed ending a paragraph with either an enticing sentence, a question, or a clever quip. Before that, we looked at why putting the most vivid word at the end of a sentence helps pull the reader to the next one. I…

Editor For Hire!

Whether you’re a self-publishing author or going through a publishing house, the first chapter of your story is vital. Readers want to be hooked from the first page.

Paragraphs (Part 2)

Have you ever been in a class where the teacher asks for each student to read one paragraph aloud? Embarrassing for the students who have trouble with public speaking. I was one of those students, and eventually, one of those teachers.

Stack Those Words (Part 2)

Last week we stacked words within a sentence. Now, let’s look at stacking sentences within a paragraph. It’s basically the same: put the most striking imagery at the end to make the passage memorable.

Stack Those Words (Part 1)

“A brown large bear” doesn’t sound right. Why is that? The meaning is the same, yet we would never express it that way. The natural stack – or order – would obviously be “A large brown bear.”

Eloquence Over Fanciful

We’ve all been there. I get it. I’ve done it. But is it better to try to replace perfectly good words with flowery, out-of-use ones?

Choosing a Title

Forget the cover. Titles are key. Think about it. The title is the first word(s) of your story. People read a title before they read the back blurb. They are the unsung hero that draws in a reader. Titles stir the imagination. A single…

Repetitive Words

We all have a tendency to use the same words to begin back-to-back sentences. As a rough draft, that’s fine. When it’s in the final editing stage, it gets tedious to correct.

Scarlett Burn Part 1

Scarlett Burn – Part 1

My first novelette!

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