How to Properly Format a Manuscript for Submission

How to Properly Format a Manuscript for Submission

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hello fiction writers! Today I’m covering a question I get asked a lot: How do you properly format a fiction manuscript for submission? With small press publishers, literary magazine editors, and literary agents under an increasing amount of stress, formatting your manuscript correctly is more important than ever. As a professional fiction editor and a

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10 Questions to Ask an Editor Before Hiring Them

10 Questions to Ask an Editor Before Hiring Them

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

While a great editor can bring your fiction to its highest level and teach you priceless writing skills in the process, other editors can leave you in worse shape than you started—frustrated, confused, and out a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. I don’t want that to happen to you, writers! In this post,

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Creating Character Arcs with the DCAST Method

Creating Character Arcs with the DCAST Method

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Creating Character Arcs Using the DCAST Method Hiya! In this post, I’m going to show you how to create a story-level character arc using the DCAST method. For a bonus printable workbook, head over to my Free Resource Library. Sound good? Super. Let’s get started. Intro: Character arcs defined So… what is a character arc?

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How to Choose the Right Point of View for Your Story

How to Choose the Right Point of View for Your Story

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome, fiction writers! In this post, we’ll be looking at how to choose the right point of view for your story. If you like, you can download a free, printable Point of View Cheatsheet in my Free Resource Library to go along with this post. Point of View: An Introduction Simply stated, point of view

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A Beginner's Guide to Multiple Point of View

A Beginner’s Guide to Multiple Point of View

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Multiple Point of View Just starting out? Click here for an introduction to the five basic points of view. What is multiple point of view? In multiple point of view, we get the perspectives of multiple characters within a single story. You have three options with multiple point of view: Multiple

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Show Don't Tell? Not Always. Here's When to Use Summary

Show Don’t Tell? Not Always. Here’s When to Use Summary

Apr 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

I was inspired to write this post after getting a great anonymous question in my Ask on Tumblr: “What’s your opinion on the whole ‘show don’t tell’ advice? Do you have any tips for when to show and when to tell?” Here’s my response: I honestly think that “show don’t tell” is one of the

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8 Ways to Improve Your Writing

8 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Mar 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

I got a great anonymous Ask over on Tumblr last week from someone who wanted to know how to identify weak spots in their writing. One of the things that comes with time and experience is finding the language to identify, discuss, and address the feeling that something isn’t quite right or that a story

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How to Spot Bad Writing Advice

How to Spot Bad Writing Advice: 6 Red Flags to Look For

Feb 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

First of all, I’m not by any means the authority on what makes good or bad writing advice! Writing is an art. There are no rules in art, which means that writing advice, by extension, is highly subjective. In my opinion, if it works for you, if it helps you improve and be happier with

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5 Reasons to Kill Your Critique Group

5 Reasons to Kill Your Critique Group

Jul 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Oh my gosh, it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post! As some of you know, in addition to freelance editing and writing for others for a living, I also pursue my own creative endeavors. This spring, I took a few months off to spend time on two main projects—revising my new zine

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Are You Using Too Much Stage Direction?

Are You Using Too Much Stage Direction?

Mar 21, 2017 | 2 Comments

Fiction writers: Are you using too much stage direction? Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, we don’t need to know that someone crossed the room, reached for the coffee cup, turned sideways, took a step forward, or glanced to the left. Visual writers have an especially hard time with this (fiction writers who “see” their

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