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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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Great Beginnings: Starting a Novel

Filed in Writing Tips by on August 15, 2019 0 Comments
Great Beginnings: Starting a Novel

By your side is a ratty notebook, bruised black and blue with the smeared ink of furiously scribbled ideas that came to you at midnight, dotted with translucence from the epiphany you had about your villain, while still wet from a shower.  You’ve finally decided to write the story that has been stirring around in your […]

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The Best Writing Tool You Aren’t Using

Filed in Author Inspirations by on August 8, 2019 0 Comments
The Best Writing Tool You Aren’t Using

Everyone knows about a certain digital pinboard, known as the procrastinator’s best friend, the party planner’s go-to inspiration, and the foodie’s favorite recipe archive. But, as a writer, have you ever thought about how you can use Pinterest to develop your scene descriptions, hone your style, and actually see your characters take shape? Here are just […]

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Said Is Dead: 141 Synonyms for “Said”

Filed in Writing Tips by on June 13, 2019 3 Comments
Said Is Dead: 141 Synonyms for “Said”

You are doing everything possible to make your writing better, tighter, and more interesting, but are you still using “dead words?” These are words that are simply just too plain, bland, and vague to be included in your awesome writing. One of the most notorious “dead words” is “said.” But dialogue is important! I hear you. It is also […]

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5 Writing Prompts To Make You A Better Writer

Filed in Author Inspirations by on June 4, 2019 6 Comments
5 Writing Prompts To Make You A Better Writer

Reading and writing every day is the best way to sharpen your craft. What if you (like many people) don’t have time to sit down and write lengthy paragraphs on a daily basis? Or what if you need a little help with what to write? These quick and easy writing prompts and exercises are concise […]

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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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