Category: Line Editing

Self-editing Your Novel, Part 1: Let it cook.

You know how when someone says something rude to you at work, and all you can think of to say is, “I know you are, but what am I?” Then, after you get home and get into the shower, your brain finally decides to provide you with the absolute best comeback ever–what you should have said–five hours too late. Your brain will do its job, but it won’t be rushed.

Writing Emotions, Part 2: When ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ Goes Bad

All serious writers know the adage, “Show, don’t tell.” Sometimes, though, even good writers with great stories go off track when they try to show, instead of tell, emotion. I’m a copy editor. I’ve seen things. Bad things. Things you don’t want your readers to see.

The Mechanics of Writing Emotion

In order for readers to care about your story, they need to care about your characters. Even if your writing is more story-driven than character-driven, readers need to understand your characters, and to feel the emotions that your characters feel. As a copy editor,… Continue Reading “The Mechanics of Writing Emotion”

The More the Words, the Less the Meaning

You’ve seen the commercials. Pharmaceutical ads show an attractive person who tells us exactly what to say to get our doctors to prescribe their product. “I told my doctor that I’d tried diet and lifestyle changes, but that didn’t help. Then I asked if Giant Pill was right for me.” Short and direct. The commercial goes on to…

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