Monday, June 24, 2013



In short, editors help writers enhance their novels, invariably cutting out nonessential or ill-fitted information prior to publication.

While there are many types of editors such as an acquisitions editor and a production editor, each one has a specific role.

Still, some authors harbor much skepticism with regards to having a professional review their work. With a little research, one can acquire a well-qualified editor. Here’s what to expect:

An editor should check for spelling errors, sentence structure, even accurate details of the story.  A more in-depth form of editing or a functional editor goes steps further and examines the order of scenes, characterization, pace, dialogue, and overall review of what should be a seamless flow of one sentence into the next, one paragraph into the next, one chapter into the next, and so forth.

Most writers know how to proof-read and edit, but when it comes to their own work, they’re simply too close to the material for objectivity.

So, what do you think, is an editor necessary for your work?

Monday, June 17, 2013


Characters in novels reveal themselves in a number of ways.  Good writing should be palpable when bringing out their subtle corks and true intentions, sparsely sprinkling the information in variation. 

1)     Dialogue. A character’s response, inquisitiveness or aggression clearly shows their intent or lack of intelligence, even their passivity or dominance, using these means.

2)     Backstory. This is a cool tool to assist in showing off your characters. With proper use, revelations about a character’s family, shady past, or victimization of abuse may be uncovered through this method. Be careful, though, because overuse is a death sentence. 

3)     Through other characters. Just like real people, we restate or poke fun at the traits of those we know well. Characters in books should demonstrate the same familiarity.

4)     Body language. Non-verbal lingo says more than what comes out of the mouth. Take advantage of incorporating gestures; a raised or crunched eyebrow also gets the point across.

5)     Comparisons. This creative venue can be fun.  For example, saying, “The gentleman spoke like Elmer Fudd,” or, “Her hips were as wide as Lake Michigan,” can be both engaging and amusing.

How many ways do you divulge things about your characters?

Monday, June 10, 2013


If you’re a serious writer, it’s important to embrace all that comes along with it, which means learning everything you can about the craft. Master of horror and suspense, author Stephen King, summed it up with this quote: if you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others, read a lot and write a lot.

Ø  Every protagonist should desire something.

Ø  Your main character should eventually win over the reader, no matter how terrible they may have initially behaved.

Ø  It’s not necessary to capitalize the in front of the names of a newspaper.

Ø  Make every attempt to eliminate adverbs: likely, mainly, actually, continually.

Ø  Skip the four-dollar words and replace them with smaller words, provided the meaning remains the same.

Ø  Dialogue should have a purpose, always pushing the story to a close.

Ø  Give your work a cool-off period.  Editing will become more concise.

Ø  Take pride in your work by doing the proper research and utilizing spell-check.

Ø  Approach your work with a serious and positive attitude.

Ø  Ignore the urge to edit during the creative process.

Ø  Make sure your story is balanced with narrative and dialogue.

Ø  Use an active voice, which means the verb expresses the action of the subject.

Ø  Do work at developing your own personal writing style.

What writing tips can you offer?