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Feedback Tips – Part Three – What to Do with Feedback

Feedback Tips – Part Three – What to Do with Feedback

Hello! It’s time for a new installment in this blog series which I definitely didn’t forget I was writing. We’ve talked about when you should ask for feedback and what kind of feedback you should ask for, but the next step is critical: What do you do when you get feedback? Now, a lot of this will depend on what kind of feedback it is and what stage your book was in. If you just threw a first draft of…

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The Opening Line

The Opening Line

Tuesday, we talked about your opening scene and what purpose it serves. It needs to introduce the main character, explain why that character is interesting, and lead into the plot. Today, we’ll focus in a little more and look at the first paragraph of the book. Some of these things may seem like they overlap with Tuesday’s post. They’re supposed to. For obvious reasons, what you’ve chosen for your first scene affects what you do in the first line. This…

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The Opening Scene

The Opening Scene

Your opening scene is important, because that’s where you have to hook the reader. If they don’t care about your main character by the end of the first scene, they’re unlikely to finish your story, much less enjoy it. One book I recently started to read opened with a ten-page prologue set a hundred years after the actual story. I made it to page twelve. Another opened with the POV character talking to her sister over breakfast, with a paragraph…

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Said is Dead

Said is Dead

Last week, we talked about the dangers of having a thesaurus around when you are writing. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most common things a thesaurus will do: kill “said.”

An Editor Grumbles About Punctuation: Exclamation Points, Commas, and Semicolons.

An Editor Grumbles About Punctuation: Exclamation Points, Commas, and Semicolons.

As you may have guessed from the title, today we’re going to talk about different errors in punctuation. I know, it’s everyone’s favorite thing to read about on a Thursday morning. But punctuation is one of those little things that can screw up a good book, especially when it changes the meaning of the sentence. Knowing the rules for how these work will help you do better in your first draft, which means editing and proofreading will go much easier.

Book Recommendation Day: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Book Recommendation Day: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Todd lives in a world of Noise. There is never true silence, because everywhere on the planet, the thoughts of men and animals alike are completely audible to everyone around them. When the settlers landed on the New World, fleeing the horrors of Earth, they did not expect the natives that awaited or the virus that would cause their thoughts to become public knowledge and result in the deaths of all of the women in Prentisstown. But as Todd approaches…

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Open Channel

Open Channel

Welcome to another #QuestionTuesday! Every Tuesday, I hold an open forum to answer any writing and editing questions and will even provide feedback on short passages submitted by authors. It’s a chance to ask those seemingly small questions that somehow still manage to constantly hold all of us writers up in our work. Wondering if flashbacks should happen in the first chapter (answer: they really shouldn’t) or if the Oxford comma is actually important? I will answer these questions and more…

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