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Posts tagged editing
What to Expect When You Hire an Editor

In the past few weeks, I’ve given workshops to beginning writers, and some frequent questions that pop up are, What is like working with an editor? Should I do anything to prepare for an editor?

These are GREAT questions, and if you’re asking them, that means you’re already doing what you’re supposed to. Let me preface this post by saying all editors are different (well, duh, Tiffany). Okay, I know, that was an obvious statement. But what I’m trying to say is that in this post I’m going to give a general overview of what it’s like working with an editor. Of course, this perspective is slightly skewed to how I operate. Having said that, I have many editor friends. I, myself, have worked with multiple editors, and so in this post, I’m trying to combine all of those experiences into one that will give you a good idea of what working with an editor should be like.

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Why Everyone Should Outline (even if it's just a little)

Pantsing. First of all, I feel like plotters get a better word to describe themselves than pansters do. Pantser just sounds weird. Does this mean I’m biased about pantsing from get go just because of the word? Maybe.

But I also have some good points about why being a plotter is better than being a panster (no offense to all you discovery writers) #sorrynotsorry.

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Deep Dive into Your Characters

I’ve been reading Story Genius by Lisa Cron lately, which has gotten me thinking a lot about character and the importance of character in storytelling. Well duh, you might be thinking. And yes, it seems obvious that character is important, but a lot of times in manuscripts I edit, character is forgotten in lieu of plot. Plot is definitely important, but Cron says that plot is secondary to character. Let me tell you guys, she is so right.

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The Types of Transitions You Need to Help Smooth Out Your Writing

The title is awkward and probably more of a mouthful than needed, but live and let learn, right?

Transitions are a weird thing to think about. It seems like common sense that writers would know how to transition from one sentence to the next, or one paragraph to the next, or even one chapter to the next. But time and time again, I see lack of transitions as one of the biggest problems for writers. Naturally, I decided it was time to write a blog post about it with the hopes of helping writers to be more aware about the different types of transitions that can be used.

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The Most Effective Strategies for Finding Betas & CPs

In the land of writing, it is so important to have your work read by others so you can get feedback and improve. And no, I’m not talking about asking your husband or your mom or your best friend to read your manuscript. They can absolutely read what you’ve written, but you’re going to need to take their feedback with a grain of salt.

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Cut the Filler Words That Kill Your Writing

If you’re not a big vlog person, then skip the video above and read the summary below.

As writers, we all have a tendency to use extra, unneeded (see what I did there?) filler words that slow down the pacing of our writing and kill the overall effect. So what are these words that we need to axe from our writing?

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