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Before You Hit Send On Your Manuscript

July 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Editing

Nothing is more exciting and unnerving than finishing edits and getting ready to send in a manuscript to an agent or editor. Even if you and your critique partners have gone over your pages several times, doubts still nag. Did I catch every misspelled word and homonym? When I made my last edits did I […]

ABCs of the Content Edit

July 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Editing

Every step of my journey to publication has been a huge learning experience for me. The revision letter was no different. The content edits for Canyon Walls were pretty extensive. At first, I was disappointed, but now, I realize that it is just another step in making me a better writer. Here are a few of […]

Writing Big and Trimming the Fat

May 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction

Tuesday Teachings from the archives: I’ve been going back through the wonderful content on Writer…Interrupted and wanted to share the relevant teaching from past posts! Hope you enjoy this new Tuesday feature!- Gina When I first began writing fiction, I was taught by one of my brilliant teachers to write BIG. (Which actually means big in […]

A few last tips for cutting a synopsis

April 24, 2012 by  
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Tip#8 to cut a synopsis—cut modifiers Adjectives and adverbs are usually the easiest to cull from a synopsis. Sometimes you don’t even need to change the noun or verb. Other times, a stronger noun or verb is needed. She determines to win without interference from her meddling friends. vs. She determines to win without interference […]

Writing Your Novel Idea

April 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Fiction

Tuesday Teachings from the archives: I’ve been going back through the wonderful content on Writer…Interrupted and wanted to share the relevant teaching from past posts! Hope you enjoy this new Tuesday feature! This month’s feature: From Idea to The End I wrote fiction unsuccessfully for many years. What boosted me to publication was a class […]

Writing is Editing

March 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Editing, Encouragement

Writing is editing. You accept that. But do you love it? Well, do you? You’re staring. Am I serious? Love editing? How can I love that?  If you want to continue as an author, it’s time you learned. It surprises me how many people only think of editing as a career. Editing isn’t merely grammar and […]

How to Write a Hallelujah Chorus-Worthy First Chapter

August 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Craft

“Without a great first chapter your reader will never move onto to chapter two.” That reality is beat into us at writer conferences, on blogs, and in writing email loops. But before a reader can love your first chapter, you need to believe in your first chapter and love it. But, let’s face it. How […]

How to Cut the Fat Out of Your WIP

July 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Craft, Editing

When I contracted my novella in January and had to cut 30,000 words off my WIP, I knew it was going to be hard. In fact, I almost bailed on submitting the anthology to Barbour because I knew that would mean cutting more than half of my story. The pain of deleting my brilliant prose […]

What Makes a Good Critique Group?

July 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Craft

What makes a book “good?” The experience it offers, of course, and how well it meets our expectations. Like everything else. It’s subjective, and like a book, a good critique group depends on the people in them. What you get out of it is largely dependent on what you bring to it. One essential benefit is encouragement […]

Top Ten Mistakes in Manuscripts

June 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Editing

10) Inadequate use of point of view. I’m not talking about head-hopping. I’m talking about a very distant use of point of view that doesn’t get the reader into the character’s head or feeling the character’s emotions. For a first chapter, especially, this is crucial. If the reader isn’t immediately sucked into the character’s mind […]

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