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TO GERUND OR NOT TO GERUND

TO GERUND OR NOT TO GERUND

Some of my line editing clients have loved starting sentences with gerunds, or words ending in “ing.” This is not terrible in itself, but as it is in writing as in everything else, balance is important.  And sometimes starting a sentence with a gerund phrase just...

DO-IT-YOURSELF WRITING RETREATS

DO-IT-YOURSELF WRITING RETREATS

This post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools Blog on October 20, 2016. Go here to read it. If you’re anything like me, when you read the latest writing magazine edition, you look longingly at the ads promoting retreats to write in beautiful places with...

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – WRITE A LETTER

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – WRITE A LETTER

When I started writing my sequel to Taming the Twisted, starting off with that book’s character’s, Abigail’s, point-of-view, essentially starting where Taming the original left off. I quickly got bored. About seven pages in, I got the idea of writing the book from one...

JOIN US IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY – PLEASE!!

JOIN US IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY – PLEASE!!

My typical line editing client is someone my age or older and likely 90% of the time, the first correction I need to make is to change all of the sentence endings to contain one space after the final punctuation mark instead of two. I grew up during the typewriter...

GET ANY MENTOR YOU WANT

GET ANY MENTOR YOU WANT

Though I don’t recommend blindly copying what other authors are doing to market their books, because there is no one-size-fits-all, magic-bullet book marketing solution, and what works for one author or book, might not work for you or yours, I do recommend keeping...

HOW TO HIRE AN EDITOR

HOW TO HIRE AN EDITOR

Your book is finished and you’ve done all you can with it, so it’s time to get an editor. But it can be sooo expensive. You wonder, could I do it myself? You could, maybe, but you’re likely to have a much better result if you hire someone else to edit for you. Our...

GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

I attended Felicia Schneiderhan’s “Advanced Fiction Writing” a/k/a “Gymnastics for Writers” workshop at the Midwest Writing Center‘s David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. The workshop used different techniques over the workshop’s three days to stretch the imagination...

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

So you have written a book. Congratulations! And now your publisher or book format person is asking for a blurb to go on the back of your book to hopefully entice people to read it. How in the world are you going to condense a 250-page (or more) manuscript down into...

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

Using the Find and Replace function in Word can help a ton when revising and copy-editing a manuscript. It helps to ensure that you stay consistent and don’t miss correcting a frequently made error. I use it a lot to replace “.  ” (period, two spaces) to “. ” (period,...

SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

I’m not sure if it was the first time I was introduced to freewriting, but the first time free writing really stuck with me was when I read Natalie Goldberg’s, Wild Mind, in high school. I was struck by the concept of just letting the words dump out onto the page...