Editing Made Easy
Dec18

Editing Made Easy

    So you’ve finally done it. You’ve finished your prized manuscript – the one you’ve spent months creating – and the temptation to pop it into a postal package and ship it off to a welcoming editor is tugging at you mercilessly.   I urge you to resist that temptation. For now, anyway.   After spending so much of your time and effort in producing what you have so far, it would seem a...

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Weave Sub-Plots into Your Novel
Nov26

Weave Sub-Plots into Your Novel

      How many times have you started work on a great novel only to run out of steam 50 pages into your work? The story stalls, the idea goes flat, the characters seem to stare back at you saying “What now, boss?” In some cases it might be that you didn’t spend enough time planning how your characters are going to get from beginning to end. Sometimes you might find that you wandered off on a plot tangent and...

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Writing a Synopsis – Condensing Your Novel
Nov23

Writing a Synopsis – Condensing Your Novel

  Writing a synopsis is one of the most daunting chores a writer must face. After spending months lovingly crafting a complex plot, realizing and nurturing a cast of characters and painstakingly selecting the right prose for descriptions, how do you then summarize your masterpiece in just 2 or 3 pages? There is simply too much information in a 400 page novel to condense into a brief blurb. How will an editor ever catch all the...

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Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense
Nov23

Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense

  “Dan stood on the wet paving, his arms limp by his side, his jaw hanging in horror, as he peered through a crack in the curtains. Before him a man crept towards the figure of his wife as she lay on the sofa. “Leave my wife alone,” his mind screamed silently. His mouth formed the words but no sound would come. On the sofa his wife smiled and opened her arms invitingly. Dan did not notice his car keys drop from...

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