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How to Decide Between a Developmental Edit, Copy Edit, or Proofread

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by Amy Bennet Developmental Editor — Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror In my experience, many writers don’t know the difference between developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading. To further muddy things, a developmental edit may also be called a content edit, or a substantive edit, or even a full edit or a deep edit. So where …

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Descriptive Detail in Novel-Writing Part 2

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by Carly Cantor Read Part 1 of this article. The other really important task that narrative details accomplish is to help with characterization. Well-chosen descriptive details give clues to the personality of the characters and help you follow the golden rule of writing: Show, don’t tell. Thus, it might be fitting to describe the plunging …

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The Value of Character Sketches

Floyd Largent Book-Editing.com | Editing-Writing.com | BookEditingAssociates.com Floyd edits science fiction and fantasy, mainstream fiction, short stories, mysteries, anthropology, history, memoirs. His manuscript submission services include writing and editing book proposals and query letters. ************************** As you’ve no doubt learned by now, writing believable, consistent characters is surprisingly difficult. Like you, I’ve probably read enough …

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Descriptive Detail in Novel-Writing

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by Carly Cantor Book-Editing.com | Editing-Writing.com | BookEditingAssociates.com Details, details, the bane of so many would-be authors. How much is enough? How much is too much? In my work with fiction writers, I’ve encountered those who underdescribe and those who overdescribe. More typically, though, it’s quality not quantity that’s the biggest problem. There are two …

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What’s the Point of Your Story?

Lay Aside All Other Goals and Simply Aim to Tell a Good Tale By Editor John David Kudrick Hearing fingernails dragging across a chalkboard has never really bothered me. However, I can imagine how many folks feel about that particular sound every time I hear someone say something to the effect of, “Well, what’s the …

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4 Essentials in Developing Your Protagonist

Ana Howard | Fiction Novel Editor | Book Editing Associates pro·tag·o·nist noun \prō-ˈta-gə-nist\ : the main character in a novel, play, movie, etc. : an important person who is involved in a competition, conflict, or cause (Source: Merriam-Webster) One of the most common mistakes I see in aspiring authors’ novels is an underdeveloped protagonist.  The …

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