Top Editing Tricks for Creating a Seamless Narrative

Top 4 Editing Tricks for Creating a Seamless Narrative

Narrative flow can be difficult to define, which makes it difficult to understand. However, most writers are also readers, so you may be more familiar with narrative flow than you might think! While reading, have you ever: Found yourself turning page after page, unable to put a book down? Been so engrossed you haven’t noticed […]

5 (More) Ways to Trim Your Book's Word Count, Pt. 2 of 2

5 (More) Ways to Trim Your Book’s Word Count, Pt. 2 of 2

For every author desperate to trim your book’s word count, there’s another author who insists every word is precious. After all, a book wouldn’t have turned out long if it didn’t need to be long. Sometimes that true. If Charles Dickens had whacked away at his word count (not that he would, since he was paid by the […]

How to Trim Your Book's Word Count

5 Ways to Trim Your Book’s Word Count, Pt. 1 of 2

This is not a post for the writers who have trouble writing books that aren’t long enough. This is not a post for writers who say they’re going to write a short story and actually end up writing a short story. Nope, this is a post for writers who set out to write a nice little 100,000-word […]

15 Places to Find Your Next Beta Reader

15 Places to Find Your Next Beta Reader

Where can I find a beta reader or critique partner? Without doubt, that’s the second most frequent question I receive from writers (right after where do I find a good editor?). This can be a tough question to answer for the simple reason that a beta reader or critique partner isn’t someone you simply vet and hire, […]

Your NaNo Novel Is a Hot Mess How to Edit Your Book

Your NaNo Novel Is a Hot Mess! How to Edit Your Book

Yay, you wrote a book! Now what are you supposed to do with it? Writing a manuscript often feels like a sprint to a finish line–but then you reach that finish line, only to realize it’s really just the beginning! In many ways, completing a first draft is the easy part of the writing (what? no! […]

How to Edit Your Fiction: Watch Me Correct My Own Story in Real Time

How to Edit Fiction: Watch Me Correct My Own Story in Real Time

Teaching writers how to edit fiction is one of those things that can be surprisingly counter-intuitive. Most books and articles about editing are actually nothing more or less than books and articles on good writing. After all, the fundamentals of good self-editing are the fundamentals of good writing. The skill set for good editing is no different from that […]

Word Count Woe: What Should You Do With Your Very Long Manuscript?

Word Count Woe: What Should You Do With Your Very Long Manuscript?

Sometimes being the author of a really long novel is no fun at all. It’s not something we talk about a lot, but it’s true, isn’t it? Your friend with the 70,000-word novel (fairly typical) has a relatively easy time getting feedback from friends and family, while you have to beg and plead for someone to […]

Relax! Beta Readers Aren't Scary: Here Are 3 Truths About Them

Relax! Beta Readers Aren’t Scary: Here Are 3 Truths About Them

Have you ever written a terrifying character? Nate Williams is my latest antagonist, and each time he encounters my protagonist, his entire demeanor makes my skin crawl. But when writing Nate, I wasn’t nearly as terrified of him as I was scared about what my beta readers would think. If you’ve ever sent a manuscript out […]

5 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Editor

5 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Book Editor

Here’s the not-so-secret secret about your book editor: he loves books. Sure, sometimes a book editor loves being right, but on the whole he loves reading, working with words, and seeing writers grow into authors. A book editor does what he does because he wants to help authors put their best words forward. But if you’ve never worked with a book […]

A Quick Guide to Beta-Reader Etiquette

A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette

Writers love their beta readers. But let’s be honest. Beta readers also kinda drive us crazy. Some of them are perfection: as polite, professional, and talented as any in-house editor. But others… well, let’s just say their lack of tact and their questionable knowledge of the craft can sometimes leave us howling in frustration. Why isn’t there […]