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From an Editor’s Desk: Eliminate Junk Words

I work as a developmental editor and my clients include beginning writers, authors with a dozen or more books published, and indy-published authors. My focus is on the larger issues in their manuscripts such as does the story arc work, are the characters believable and consistent, and are individual scenes pulsing with tension and purpose. […]

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May

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Join me in Bellingham, WA on Thursday, April 26 for Chanticleer Author’s Conference

For a half-day workshop Secrets of the Dark Arts A practical approach to re-visioning, rewriting, and revising. It’s for fiction writers though will be helpful if you’re writing memoir. There are also several openings available for Saturday and Sunday sessions. I’ll be teaching 3 workshops on Immersive Fiction on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (the Friday […]

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Every Day is Earth Day

Happy Earth Day to all. I’ve been planting trees and shrubs this spring, added a new raised bed for growing vegetables, and will plant more pollinators to attract bees, including lavender, Russian sage, poppies, and sunflowers. Here’s a list of pollinators that might work in your yard. As writers there’s so much we can do […]

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11 Authors on Their One-Word Titles

Book titles are hard. They need to be memorable, indicate the genre or what the book is about, create buzz, and have pizzazz. The title is likely the most important marketing decision you’ll make. And then there are one-word titles which might be the hardest ones to get just right. If you’re considering a one-word […]

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As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying….and write about that silence. ~N.R. Hart

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5 Clunkers to Eliminate in your Writing

The first thing I notice when reading an opening paragraph is if a writer uses precise, fresh language. In case you’re having problems seeing your dull choices or bloopers here are some you can fix or avoid: Said exclamations: Today’s readers are sophisticated and understand when characters are talking and that at times the character’s […]

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April

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“It is a great privilege to make one’s living from writing sentences. The sentence is the greatest invention of civilization. To sit all day assembling these extraordinary strings of words is a marvelous thing. I couldn’t ask for anything better. It as near to godliness as I can get. The great thrill is when a […]

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Introducing Unforgettable Secondary Characters

There are so many tricky aspects of crafting fiction, so many techniques to master. And then there’s revision with all it’s myriad decisions. Many writers can struggle creating vibrant and complex secondary characters. After all, complicated main characters are hard enough to create. Memorable co-stars, however, can make or break a story. I always view […]

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