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Editing – Writer’s Nightmare Part 2

Following on from last week’s introduction to Editing post, here are another 5 tips to get you on the road to a polished, professional manuscript. If you didn’t read Part 1, you can find it here. 1 Deliver all your promises. Every twist and turn in your plot must have a resolution. Every mystery, conundrum…

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Writer’s Glossary: Redshirt

In the Writer’s Glossary today… Redshirt: This term originates from Star Trek, but is often found in printed fiction, too. A redshirt is a character destined to die soon after making their entrance. In the TV series, characters in red uniforms (usually security or engineering) would often meet some grisly fate before the end of…

Polishing your work? This is the result.

Editing – The Writer’s Nightmare Part 1

Editing and re-writing is a prospect few, if any, writers truly enjoy, but it’s a necessary part of being a writer, and it’s something every agent or publisher will expect you to do before you send your work to them. Even those writers who ‘edit as they go’ will still need to edit again. And…

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Watch Your Language and Ditch “you guys”

As writers, we understand the importance of language. We can ponder the use of one word over another or the structure of a sentence, in order to garner a certain emotion or response. That’s what we do. We take care over language, which is why a recent twitter post made me sit up and reassess.…

Marilyn Monroe was a voracious reader

Read Better to Write Better

Believe it or not, I’ve met would be writers who don’t read. That’s like being a chef who doesn’t eat or a nudist fashion designer. It may sound extreme, but it’s true. You can’t write, if you don’t read. You cannot have one without the other. They are like light and dark. Reading is one…

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Five Things Breaking Bad Teaches Us About Writing

I’ve only just finished watching Breaking Bad, the show that everyone was raving about three years ago. As a writer, I began to wonder how Breaking Bad worked. What did it do that made us love it so much? I narrowed it down to a few key things that can be applied to any story.

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It’s a Book…trailer

I was reading a discussion about book trailers and decided to check some out, online. I found one for Lane Smith’s It’s a Book, which is just charming and should speak to writers and readers everywhere.