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Elaine Retty

With experience as an English literature teacher and freelance writer, Elaine brings her knack for revision to the editorial team. She started at the University of Central Florida in 2005, and she holds degrees in English Literature and Language Arts Education with an additional minor in writing. As a parenting blogger, she enjoys writing about her adventures with her toddler daughter and husband as they take advantage of living where the rest of the world vacations.

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The Making of a Memoir Part 3: It’s All About Structure

Filed in Ask the Editor, Uncategorized, Writing Tips by on February 23, 2018 0 Comments
The Making of a Memoir Part 3: It’s All About Structure

This is the third and final post in a series all about writing your memoir. You can find helpful tips in the first post about getting started and the second post about brainstorming. Tangling with structure is about as common a writing problem as you can get. However, when you are writing about your own […]

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The Making of a Memoir Part 2: Finding Your Focus

Filed in Ask the Editor, Uncategorized, Writing Tips by on February 16, 2018 0 Comments
The Making of a Memoir Part 2: Finding Your Focus

In the previous post in this series we looked at what a memoir is and how it differs from an autobiography. So now you know you are writing your memoir, but what exactly will it be about? You need a unifying theme or event that every scene builds up to (a random smattering of “stuff […]

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The Making of a Memoir Part 1: Where to Start

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on February 9, 2018 0 Comments
The Making of a Memoir Part 1: Where to Start

If I have learned anything from being an editor it is that everyone has a story to share. This great world of ours has given us experiences as varied as our fingerprints, and there is bound to be someone who will benefit from reading yours. Even if you think your life is nothing spectacular—perhaps even […]

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Creating Steady Flow in Dialogue

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on March 9, 2017 0 Comments
Creating Steady Flow in Dialogue

People like to talk, and if you listen to some everyday conversations you will hear some common patterns: lots of “like” and “um”, pointless repetition, interjections of completely unrelated topics, and unfinished or incomplete sentences. This is all fine in real life but would never work in your writing—and this is the core of why […]

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Writing While Parenting: Balancing It All

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Writing While Parenting: Balancing It All

Writing, it seems, has historically been at odds with parenthood. The two tend to want to take over their hosts, consuming all of their time, energy, and creativity. Being a full-time parent means putting yourself on hold, answering to tiny voices and listening to their stories. Their whims become your quests, and the pebbles in […]

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