Tag: editing

Perfection Is Overrated
July 8, 2017 OWS Features,Special Feature,Writing Advice Paul Davis

There was an author in the 1920s who wrote 60,000 words a week. I wish I could remember his name. He wrote pulp, he pushed it out as quickly as he could, and the moment it left his typewriter, it was out of his hands. It went to an editor who tailored it to the

Viewing Editing as an Opportunity for World-building
May 3, 2017 Writing Advice David Wiley

I used to hate the thought of editing. In my younger years as a writer, I naively believed my work was perfect in its first form and I churned out new content rather than retouching something preexisting. I have, thankfully, grown and matured as a writer and have come to embrace the process of revisiting

The Highest Hurdle: Publication
April 24, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

sent my first book, Crystal Unicorns, out to more than fifty agents and publishers before I stopped and reconsidered.  Several liked the book but were afraid of the premise, underage antagonist, episode of sexual assault and murder. It was nothing I had not seen in other books or movies. They just weren’t willing to take

Accepting Edits
March 28, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Okay, so you’ve written a novel. Congratulations! That’s no easy feat, nor is it the last step of the writing process. Editing comes next. Now we’ve been talking about editing all month, what to do before you hire an editor, how to self-edit, and comma and semicolon use, but today we’re going to talk about

The Gifts of Editing
March 20, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

What if you could look back on your life and edit it?  Would you remove a bad relationship? Would you gain a new respect and appreciation for how it has all turned out? Would looking back allow you to make better decisions in the future? Aristotle said it best, “The whole is greater than the

How to Learn and Grow From Each Editor
March 17, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

I’ve heard a lot of my fellow author friends talking about their editing process, and how much they DREAD getting their manuscript back from their editor. I can understand that—after all, there are few things more daunting than seeing page after page of corrections, mistakes, and edits. It’s enough to make anyone feel like quitting!

How Do You Edit?
March 13, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

  Each writer has his/her own process of creation. That includes, and I cringe at the word, editing. Nope, there is no way around it.  It is one of the necessary evils (like marketing) that we writers must endure. I’m probably speaking just for myself. Some writers absolutely love editing. (No, really, stop laughing.) How

Editing 101
March 10, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

Editing, shmediting.  It’s all the same thing, isn’t it?  You’re going through making sure your draft looks good so you can get your work published, right?  At its heart, yes.  That is what editing is.  However, it’s much more than that.  There are several kinds of editing that focus on different aspects of the work. 

Dodging the Melting Clock
March 8, 2017 Writing Advice A.M. Rycroft

Time is fluid. This is the basic theory of Relativity. What can seem like hours to one person might seem like minutes to someone else. As a writer, however, you cannot allow time or distance to be fluid concepts within the plot. Consistency might involve establishing terminology and synchronizing timelines, as much as maintaining consistent

Tips Before Hiring an Editor
March 7, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

When you’re finished with your first draft, it’s time to move onto the next phase, which is editing. Now editing is not easy to do and it’s definitely not something we should skimp on. I would tell everyone serious about publishing to hire an editor when their story was ready for one. So what do