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How Can I Become a Better Writer?

by Floyd Largent, book editor If there’s one question writers get asked almost as often as “Where do you get your ideas?” it’s, “How can I become a better writer?” Whole college courses—nay, curricula—have been built around this question, in an elaborate attempt to provide a complicated answer to what basically boils down to Two …

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Who Says Editors Aren’t Biased

book editor Beth Bruno

By Beth Bruno Who says editors aren’t biased? Certainly no honest editor worth their salt (See, there goes this editor’s prejudice already, choosing the plural “their” over the traditional “he”) would claim to edit with linguistic purity with regard to English grammar, usage, and syntax. For one thing, history alone has accounted for significant change …

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Fighting in Fiction

by Caroline Hiley I edit a lot of novels in the adventure-based genres, and keep seeing characters who get shot, stabbed, or beaten up and don’t bleed, die, or need hospitalization. If you’re an author who has worked hard to make your characters realistic and believable, be careful with fight scenes. Too often credulity is …

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Finished Your Novel?

Congratulations! So What Are Your Next Steps? By Editor John David Kudrick If you’ve finished writing a novel, then you know the great feeling that comes with typing THE END, making sure the file is saved (and hopefully backed up at least a couple other places), and pushing back from your desk with a smile. …

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How to Craft a Science Fiction Novel

horror book editor Amy Bennet

By Amy Bennet Occasionally writers will ask me, “Am I writing science fiction, fantasy, or something else?” Science fiction is more than advanced technology, spaceships, or aliens, and fantasy is more than magic or supernatural creatures. Genre elements attract readers – aliens, dragons, spaceships, elves, and zombies are fun. But for your book to get …

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Ambiguous Pronouns

PS Rosenbaum

by PS Rosenbaum Dissertation and Thesis Writing Consultant Editing-Writing.com Judging from the sometimes quite nasty comments from advisors that I have read concerning students’ misuse of pronouns, I have concluded that the misuse of even a single pronoun in a scholarly paper can lower a professor’s estimation of the writer’s intellect or respect for scholarship. …

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Microsoft WORD’s “Comment” feature: ACCEPT, REJECT, OR DELETE

PS Rosenbaum

by PS Rosenbaum Dissertation and Thesis Writing Consultant Editing-Writing.com Dismay is not an uncommon response of a student-scholar on first encountering an academic editor’s markups on a thesis or dissertation. Some edited manuscripts have literally hundreds of so-called “redlines” (i.e., deletions and additions), not to mention dozens of Comments ranging from simple reminders to detailed …

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Take the Risk: Write Your Memoirs

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com I am struck anew by how important it is for each of us to write our memoirs. It doesn’t matter whether we write to publish, but we should write not to perish. Our stories can be the greatest legacy we give …

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Finding Your Story’s Narrative Backbone

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com “The best memoirs, I think, forge their own forms,” writes Annie Dillard, author of An American Childhood. “The writer of any work, and particularly of any nonfiction work, must decide two crucial points: what to put in and what to leave …

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Inventing the Truth

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com “With a little help from our imaginations, desires, and experiences,” wrote Willett Stanek in Writing Your Life, “we have the power and the privilege to invent the truth. We construct our pasts in tune with our heart’s desires to become the …

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Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

Val Gerard, Ph.D.  |  Science and medicine editor Getting and keeping your research funded is tough these days. It is especially hard to write that first successful grant proposal. Perhaps one proposal out of ten submitted, one in twenty, or even one in one hundred will be selected for funding. To beat those odds, you …

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How Does a Good Editor Make Your Material Clearer and More Reader-friendly?

Val Gerard, Ph.D. Editing-Writing.com According to Murphy’s Law, if it is possible for a sentence to be misinterpreted, at least some of the people who read your manuscript/publication/proposal/book will do just that. From unfortunate experience, I can tell you that it is not pleasant to have your material incorrectly cited, or even criticized because someone …

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How to Write Character-Driven Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories

christian book editor

By David A. Cathcart Science Fiction Book Editing Book Editing Associates Editing-Writing.com One of the most common problems with the fantasy and science fiction manuscripts I read is that they are plot-driven rather than character-driven. What I mean is, the author appears to have come up with an interesting high concept, plotted out a series …

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