"...the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thought; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success."--W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
No matter how many times you've read through your precious manuscript, I can guarantee you that there are still corrections and improvements to be made. I know--because I'm a writer, too--and I've been there. Writing has always been my passion–and out of that passion, almost by default, grew a staunch conviction that, if you are … Continue reading Finally going to publish that book? Then you need an editor–because Grammarly isn’t enough.
"Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."--Stephen King, On Writing
Yes! Yes! Professional proofreaders DO exist!! 😉 Great post. We’re just starting Week P in our A-Z series of writing. I’m going to talk about Proofreading today. First of all, professional proofreaders exist. These helpful individuals have trained eye that can spot errors in every line of your manuscript. From missing commas and incorrectly placed … Continue reading P is for Proofreading — Sue’s Space
"Having a likable narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love, whose mind you love to pick, whose running commentary totally holds your attention, who makes you laugh out loud, whose lines you always want to steal."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
"If I had a nickel for every person who ever told me he/she wanted to become a writer but 'didn't have time to read,' I could buy myself a pretty good steak dinner."--Stephen King, On Writing
Here's a rare article that not only educates, it entertains in the process. Set aside some time to go through it carefully--you'll be glad you did. Click here: https://authorkristenlamb.com/2019/03/editing-authors-professional-edits/
So if the first word in the fourth line down always trips you up, remember: there should be "a rat" in it (separate).
"If your narrator is someone whose take on things fascinates you, it isn't really going to matter if nothing much happens for a long time. I could watch John Cleese or Anthony Hopkins do dishes for about an hour without needing much else to happen."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
It’s time for this month’s authors’ Round Robin, and author Robin Courtright has set us another excellent topic… How do you self-edit your books before submitting or publishing? When I wrote my first novel I knew very little about the editing process. In my naivety, I thought editing involved checking for spelling mistakes and picking […] … Continue reading 7 tips for self-editing your book — Helena Fairfax