Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Author: Renni Browne,Dave King

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

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Covers characterization, exposition, point of view, dialogue, proportion, and voice

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition

How to Edit Yourself Into Print

Author: Renni Browne,Dave King

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780060545697

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 3985

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Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories. In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition

How to Edit Yourself Into Print

Author: Renni Browne,Dave King

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062012906

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 6552

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Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories. In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

Self-editing Fiction that Sells

Discover Professional Techniques to Improve what You've Already Written

Author: Lorena Goldsmith

Publisher: How to Books

ISBN: 9781845285043

Category: Fiction

Page: 174

View: 8634

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Writing fiction is different to editing fiction. Each activity requires a separate frame of mind. Writing is creative thinking, editing is critical thinking. When writing, all you worry about is the narrative flow, not the consistency of point of view or the number of adverbs in your manuscript. Self-editing Fiction That Sells will teach you the necessary frame of mind to sit yourself in `opposition` to your manuscript, as an editor would do, and improve it through structured editing and rewriting.

Self-Editing for Indie Authors

21 Quick and Easy Tips for Better Writing, Positive Reviews and More Sales

Author: Michelle Lowery

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997781205

Category:

Page: N.A

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The number one complaint readers have about self-published books is poor editing. Good writing leads to positive reviews, which lead to more sales. And all three of those can be boosted with effective editing. Maybe you're just starting out as an indie author, and can't afford a professional editor. Or maybe you're just the hands-on type. Whatever your reason for doing it yourself, Self-Editing for Indie Authors will walk you through 21 tips, and explain the reasons behind every one to help you continually improve your writing. Self-Editing for Indie Authors will help you write better books, sell more of them, and finally quit that day job!

Red Desert - Point of No Return

Author: Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

Publisher: Rita Carla F. Monticelli

ISBN: 1311628312

Category: Fiction

Page: 79

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Thirty years after the Mars exploration mission ‘Hera’, whose crew died in mysterious circumstances, the ensuing political issues that slowed NASA's race to conquer space have finally ended. This time the five members of the new ‘Isis’ mission will not travel the 400 million kilometres for a short visit. This time they are destined to become the first colonisers of the Red Planet. The science fiction series “Red Desert”, set in the near future, includes four books. The first one, “Point of No Return”, is a novella. In what looks like a suicide attempt, Swedish exobiologist Anna Persson, crew member of the Isis, secretly leaves Station Alpha at the crack of dawn to travel deep into the Martian desert in a pressurised rover. As she journeys to the limit of her two day oxygen supply, she shows us memories of events from her past leading up to the mission. Little by little, as time and oxygen run out, she reveals the real Anna. Whatever her goal, wherever it is, will Anna reach her destination? The second book, “Red Desert - People of Mars” (a novel), will be published on 1 September 2014. Follow Anna Persson (AnnaPerssonDR) on Twitter! --- This is the first book in a series of four and it ends with a cliffhanger. ---

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue

The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780910355148

Category: Authorship

Page: 135

View: 3817

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There is one sure-fire way of improving your novel "fast." . . You may know the fundamentals of how to write fiction. You may be more than competent in plot, structure and characters. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story down. On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it "immediately" grabs the reader. And if that reader is an agent or editor, sharp dialogue will give them instant assurance that you know what you're doing as a writer. Writing a bestseller or hot screenplay is no easy task, but dazzling dialogue is an absolute essential if you want to get there. The best part is, the skills of the dialogue craft are easy to understand and put into practice. #1 bestselling writing coach James Scott Bell has put together and expanded upon the dialogue lectures from his popular writing seminars. In "How to Write Dazzling Dialogue" you'll learn: What fictional dialogue is ... and isn't The 11 secrets of crafting memorable dialogue The 5 essential tasks of dialogue 5 ways to improve your dialogue ear 4 can't-miss methods to increase conflict and tension in any dialogue exchange The top 10 dialogue issues, and how to resolve them You'll also see dazzling dialogue in action with examples from hit novels and screenplays. Don't sabotage your chances of selling your work to readers or publishers because the dialogue is unexceptional. Dazzle them with what the characters say. "How to Write Dazzling Dialogue" will give you the tools to do it.

Nine Day Novel-Self-Editing

Self Editing for Fiction Writers: Write Better and Edit Faster

Author: Steve Windsor

Publisher: Vixen Ink

ISBN: 9780692403457

Category:

Page: 146

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Congratulations You just finished writing your first novel "What do I do next?" If you're like I was, that was the first question you asked yourself. Do you remember what I said last time? In "Nine Day Novel: Writing?" Steve, I totally remember: You said, "Bravo Pop champagne and..." You remember that part after the champagne about calling someone, right? Your Editor-the Last Line of Defense. But editors cost a lot of money and wouldn't be helpful if we could minimize some of that expense by doing a little bit of editing ourselves? Before we send it off to an expensive professional? Don't make the mistake I did On my first novel, I debated for months between paying an editor and whether I should just "edit" the entire thing myself. After all, how hard it be, right? Predictably, money won out, and I chose poorly, publishing my first book before a professional editor had proofread it. That was a big mistake. That one decision set my writing career back about a year. Why? Because my book languished on Amazon as yet another unprofessional, unfinished and unwanted draft, posing as a completely finished novel. I got discouraged, disappointed and down. It took months before I overcame my fear of what a professional editor would say about my first novel. Because that was the real reason I had edited it myself all along. A great editor will make your novel shine. Picture your reader, trying to follow the fantastic story that you painstakingly outlined, researched and wrote. As they read, their eyes are interrupted by misspellings, grammatical errors, improper word usage and dialogue that's punctuated poorly. Finally, unable to stay engaged through those constant interruptions, they give up and close your book. We're not going to let that happen Your editor will have the single biggest impact on the professional look and feel of your novel. But that doesn't mean we can't do a little bit of "editing" ourselves. In fact, inside this book, I'll show you how you can do quite a bit of self-editing before your draft needs to go to an editor. And that'll save you money. Removing the mystery. To many beginning authors, editing is a mysterious and often misunderstood process. In this book, I'll define the types of editing you need, outline the parts that you can and should do yourself, and then explain the process that your editor will go through as they clean up what's left. No idea where to find an editor? I'll show you how to find a good one on popular freelancing sites. If that doesn't work, I'll give you the contact information of my own editor Then I'll introduce you to a piece of software that'll save you countless hours in turnaround time, working with your editor. And I'll walk you through the steps my writing partner and I use to fix our own drafts before they go to our editor. Editing is much easier if you make fewer mistakes in the first place. Seems simple, right? It should be. For that reason, I felt it was important for this book to have two parts to it: How to clean up what you had already written ... and how to minimize all that cleanup by knowing what and how to write fiction sentences in the first place. So the first half of the book is about editing process and work-flow. And the second half is a refresher course on the very basics of writing fiction sentences. And the bonuses... I created tutorial videos to show you exactly how I've cut Word loose and now collaborate directly with my editors inside Scrivener. So whether you've never worked with an editor before or you just want to save some time, money and headache editing your next draft, I wrote this book for you

On Editing

How to Edit with Confidence and Elevate your Writing

Author: Helen Bryant

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 9781473666689

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 6780

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"Nothing is unreal as long as you can imagine like a crow." --Munia Khan Conventional wisdom says that a crow can not be tamed. These intelligent creatures are often understood as harbingers of doubt and uncertainty, whose high nesting grant them an unusually elevated perspective. For the writer, the crows of doubt circle over every project. This book shows they can be tamed. Writing is a magical hobby and form of expression but getting words on the page is not the same as finalizing material which you are happy to send out and share. This book is a complete toolkit which will help you to tame doubts and insecurities and engage with your internal critic in order to assert control over your manuscript and elevate your writing. Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, Taming the Crows will show you how to master the art of self-editing--perhaps the least understood but most vital skill in the writer's toolkit. You will learn to compose, draft, and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written and ready for submission. About the Series:The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, as tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Temper CA

Author: Paul Skenazy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781881163640

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. California Interest. Joy Temper grew up wandering the woods of Temper, CA, a Gold Rush town her family helped establish in the 1840s. When she returns to Temper for her grandfather's funeral, she discovers that the stories she's long traded on about her hippie upbringing have little to do with reality. Her struggles to face who she once was, and what she now desires, force her to confront family secrets and long-suppressed memories in a novella both familial and romantic, contemporary and historical. "Paul Skenazy's fiction misbehaves. It swerves, it revisits ground and digs deeper, it confounds expectations. He has the gift of creating characters who are sympathetic not in spite of their prickliness but because of it, and of depicting human bonds that are all the tenser for being so strong."--Jonathan Franzen "This elegant and unforgettable novella pulls us into the secrets and desires of Joy Temper, a woman carrying the weight of her family and a fair share of California history on her shoulders. Skenazy reminds us that our deepest wounds often make us most receptive and alive."--Elizabeth McKenzie "This is a beautiful and fascinating book, a skillfully constructed and dramatic story about hatred and profound affection within a difficult family. It's a mystery tale about redefining a childhood and rediscovering many aspects of love. I was moved deeply throughout, and consider Temper CA a small, truly insightful and courageous masterpiece."--John Nichols

Write Right!

Creative Writing Using Storytelling Techniques

Author: Kendall F. Haven

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563086779

Category: Education

Page: 213

View: 8655

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Haven's breakthrough approach to creative writing begins with an improbable technique that does not involve writing. Coaching students to "start with storytelling," the author and storyteller shares a vital but often forgotten step of the creative process. His practical and detailed guide provides directions for 38 writing exercises that help students create powerful and dynamic fiction. All the steps - from finding inspiration and creating believable characters to making the final edit - are covered. Activities, coded for grades from primary through high school, can easily be adapted to other levels.

The Spirit Photographer

Author: Jon Michael Varese

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781468316933

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. Despite the whispers around town that Moody is a fraud of the basest kind, no one has been able to expose him, and word of his gift has spread, earning him money, fame, and a growing list of illustrious clients. One day, while developing the negative from a sitting to capture the spirit of the young son of an abolitionist senator, Moody is shocked to see a different spectral figure develop before his eyes. Instead of the staged image of the boy he was expecting, the camera has seemingly captured the spirit of a beautiful young woman. Is it possible that the spirit photographer caught a real ghost? When Moody recognizes the woman in the photograph as the daughter of an escaped slave he knew long ago, he is compelled to travel from Boston to the Louisiana bayous to resolve their unfinished business--and perhaps save his soul. But more than one person is out to stop him . . . With dramatic twists and redolent of the mood of the Southern Gothic, The Spirit Photographer conjures the Reconstruction-era South, replete with fugitive hunters, voodoo healers, and other dangers lurking in the swamp. Jon Michael Varese's deftly plotted first novel is an intense tale of death and betrayal that shows us how undeniably the ghosts of the past remain with us, and how resolutely they refuse to be quieted.

Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

Author: Kathy Ide

Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing

ISBN: 9781938499340

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

View: 7391

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Learn how best-selling authors proofread their manuscripts to avoid typos, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, by professional freelance author, editor, and proofreader Kathy Ide, is the essential go-to tool for aspiring and experienced writers and editors. This book includes all of the material from Ide's popular Polishing the PUGS book (now out of print), with added PUGS guidelines and helpful tips from multi-published authors on how to catch typos and other common mistakes. In Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Kathy Ide identifies the industry-standard references for books, magazines, and newspapers (which are different from the guidelines for other types of writing, such as college term papers). Using these official references, she highlights the most common mistakes writers make in the areas of punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling (for which she uses the acronym PUGS). She also includes guidelines from The Christian Writer's Manual of Style for authors and editors who work in the inspirational market.

Angel Beneath My Wheels

Author: K. S. Moore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781938499678

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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Beneath his playboy facade, NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, wants to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she writes him off, but Luke's gentle ways and country charm eventually win her over.

The Girl from Oto

Author: Amy Maroney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997521306

Category: Art

Page: 532

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In The Girl From Oto, a young American scholar navigates a foreign world, tasting friendship, betrayal and love as she chases the ghost of a Renaissance-era artist through Europe.American art historian Zari Durrell scores a coveted post-doctorate position in Scotland, studying artist Cornelia van der Zee. As Zari decodes clues hidden in two sixteenth-century portraits attributed to Van der Zee, she unearths the traces of a mysterious artist named Mira. Risking her professional reputation and her own safety, Zari follows Mira into the heart of a mountain wilderness.Woven throughout Zari's quest is the swashbuckling story of Mira herself. Born in the Pyrenees mountains during a time wracked by war, plague, and shifting political boundaries, Mira grows up in a convent believing she is an orphan. A friendship blooms between Mira and Arnaud, a boy whose family helps the convent exploit a lucrative trade in merino wool. But when her peaceful existence is shattered, Mira must plunge into the world beyond the convent's gates to confront the harsh truth about her identity and her uncertain future.

A Bad Day for Romance

Author: Sophie Littlefield

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476710112

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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That’s no cupid, it’s a bridesmaid with a crossbow. Stella Hardesty is a seamstress with a sideline job in vigilante justice in this entertaining ebook in the Edgar-nominated and award-winning Bad Day series. Two days before her best friend gets married, Stella Hardesty has nothing more pressing on her mind than fitting into her fluffy pink bridesmaid gown, mixing her next cocktail, and enjoying a romantic weekend with her sometimes beau, BJ Brodersen. Just as she’s headed to the bridal shower, word comes that BJ and smokin’ hot sheriff Goat Jones have gotten into a dustup over Stella’s affections. Before Stella can recover from this startling development, more bad news comes along. The minister’s niece, the hard-to-love pageant princess Divinity Flycock, has been arrested for the murder of her fiancé. The bride begs Stella to clear Divinity’s name so that her minister will be able to perform the nuptials. When Stella starts digging into the case, however, she uncovers a world of jealous nightclub singers, firearms dealers, and the ugly underbelly of reality TV. Hot on the trail of the truth, she’s distracted by the arrival of the sheriff, who finally seems ready to make a claim for her affections.

Creating Character Arcs

The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure

Author: K. M. Weiland

Publisher: Penforasword

ISBN: 9781944936044

Category: Reference

Page: 274

View: 3106

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Explores the techniques of effective character development in the processing of writing novels to take the author's stories from good to great, including how to determine which arc is right for your character, why you should never pit plot against character, and how to avoid the pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.

On Editing

How to edit your novel the professional way

Author: Helen Corner-Bryant,Kathryn Price

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473666694

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 864

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Writing is a magical hobby and form of expression but getting words on the page is not the same as finalising material which you are happy to send out and share. This book is a complete toolkit which will help you to tame doubts and insecurities and engage with your internal critic in order to assert control over your manuscript and elevate your writing. Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, On Editing will show you how to master the art of self-editing - perhaps the least understood but most vital skill in the writer's toolkit. You will learn to compose, draft and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written and ready for submission. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

The Savior's Champion

Author: Jenna Moreci

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780999735206

Category:

Page: N.A

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Tobias Kaya doesn't care about The Savior. He doesn't care that She's the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn't care that She's of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he¿s forced to make The Savior his priority.Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign¿s Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting¿and killing¿for the chance to rule at The Savior's side. Instantly his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

Scene and Structure

Author: Jack M. Bickham

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898795516

Category: Reference

Page: 168

View: 1669

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Offers advice to writers on constructing fiction that flows from one scene to the next with logic, discussing how to revise scenes for maximum effect and how to fix common errors