Writing Tips

How To Self-Edit Your Manuscript

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on October 27, 2020 0 Comments
How To Self-Edit Your Manuscript

A common thought among first-time writers is that once they finish writing their book it’s ready to go straight to a professional editor. However, there are two crucial steps that need to take place before you ship your manuscript off for editing. The first is that you must do a few rounds of self-editing yourself. […]

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Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on October 22, 2020 0 Comments
Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers

A lot of first-time writers skip over portraying body language in their writing. They know it’s missing from their characters’ interactions, but they also aren’t sure how to include it either. To combat this, they try to mistakenly incorporate it into dialogue tags, such as “she smiled” or “he laughed.” But, if you think about […]

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10 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

Filed in Writing Tips by on October 13, 2020 0 Comments
10 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

We’re a few weeks out from the biggest novel writing challenge of the year: National Novel Writing Month! Every November, writers from around the world dedicate themselves to cranking out a 50,000-word first draft manuscript in 30 days. Tons of writers have gone on to publish their books after the challenge, and thousands have credited […]

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Writing a Lot Versus Writing Well

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on September 29, 2020 0 Comments
Writing a Lot Versus Writing Well

I think back to some college literature courses I took, and the required length of papers I had to turn in. It wasn’t uncommon to have to produce an eight-page essay, but hitting that page count was hard every single time. I found myself using filler words, expanding my sentences to take up more space. […]

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10 Grammar Rules for Every Writer

Filed in Ask the Editor, Writing Tips by on September 9, 2020 0 Comments
10 Grammar Rules for Every Writer

Seasoned writers will tell you it’s okay to break grammar rules as long as you know the right way to break them. Lazy writers often quote that same phrase to avoid learning correct grammar in the first place. I’m a firm believer that you must know the rules before you bend them. So, here’s a […]

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