Proofreading Versus Editing

Proofreading Versus Editing

I met with a new proofreading client recently and looked at his manuscript. It needed a lot of work. In fact, he needed an editor not a proofreader. He had no idea what the difference was any more than he knew what an editor does. As I tried to explain it all to him, it took me back to my own beginnings as a newbie author and I remembered what a shock the editing process had been. I had no idea what was involved; writing the book turned out to have been the easy part!

In Proper Proportion

In Proper Proportion

HL Carpenter takes over my blog today and provides good advice for writers. So there we were, with a packet of strawberries threatening to go soft and the need for a recipe to make good use of them. None of the sauce recipes we found called for as many berries as we...
Write What You Know with Sara Daniel

Write What You Know with Sara Daniel

Sara Daniel Finds her Niche Write what you know, they say. But what happens when you’re a romance author and congenital heart defects and their repair surgeries are what you know? You end up accidentally creating your own heart surgery romance niche. To be clear, the...
World Building: What’s on the Menu?

World Building: What’s on the Menu?

Food plays a principal role in the world-building of fiction realms and that some of the most famous and successful speculative fiction authors like Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins devote a extraordinary amount of narrative time to the central questions of how, why, and where their characters eat.

Writing & Perseverance

Writing & Perseverance

The following is a post from the summer of 2013 on the perseverance needed when reaching for any goal.  I hope that you enjoy! I took a picture of these lilies today. They are planted in a row along the side of my house and I think they are beautiful. They did not...
The Importance of Voice in Fiction Writing by Rita Monette

The Importance of Voice in Fiction Writing by Rita Monette

Rita Monette joins my blog today with some writing advice and an exciting new release. Take it away Rita! You may have heard the term voice in writing. However, there are two types of voice in writing fiction. One is the voice of the author: How you write and express...