During the interim…

What are you doing to relax during this time of isolation? The virus we deal with directly or indirectly resembles the plot from a Sci-Fi novel. Some may criticize me as callous, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Since I am not a first-responder, a doctor or nurse, work in a service type… Continue reading During the interim…

Let Your Character Shine

The longer I edit novels, the more I am convinced it's in the writer's DNA to tell a story instead of the characters relating their story. Editing is where the story evolves, takes on a new life. Not only for the character but for the plot, setting, and ultimately for the reader. Telling a story… Continue reading Let Your Character Shine

That Isn’t Essential

What isn't necessary? That. The word. It is overused and often used incorrectly in fiction writing. Most 55-60K word manuscripts I edit that is used at least 500 times often closer to 900. Well over the amount necessary. Are you aware you can omit 95% of them in your manuscript? Why? How? You ask. Fiction, good fiction writing… Continue reading That Isn’t Essential

Rejection Hurts your Editor

Writing rejection letters happens to be my biggest task as a contract editor for The Wild Rose Press (TWRP). And it isn't pleasant. I do not enjoy writing them, yet they are a must. At times, I reject with suggestions to revise and resend. Most of the time, I thank the author and move on.… Continue reading Rejection Hurts your Editor