Tag: Self-Editing

Map and List of Characters

Here it is! The nation Zenetra and company live in. Isn’t it lovely? Below is a quick introduction of characters. The Noire Family Xareen Noire – mother of Xuxa and Zenetra, deceased Xuxa Noire – missing older sister Zenetra Noire – main protagonist, cadet-in-training…

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.

Paragraphs (Part 1)

Within a paragraph, there must be variety. And by variety, I mean sentences in different forms. Different forms of sentences create rhythm. We want rhythm for flow, but we also want to vary that rhythm to create contrast. Why is contrast good? Contrast creates…

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…

Scarlett Burn – Part 3

Part 1 Part 2 As Scarlett sat in the passenger seat of her sister’s roamer, she made sure she had everything packed into her flasher bag. It was her first day at Hub Publishing. She would be a fool to turn up unprepared. Kat…

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.

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