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Being able to do what’s best for your story, and not your ego

If you are a writer you are most likely familiar with the feeling that your writing is your “baby”. You treasure your writing—that poem, that book, that essay—it is a piece of you, it is you. But, if you wish to share that piece of you with the world, then you open yourself up to […]

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7 Steps to Take After “Winning” NaNoWriMo

So you’ve completed your 50k words for NaNoWriMo and feel like you will never type again.  Now that you have just written a book (holy cow you just wrote a book!) what’s next? Put it away! Do not look at your book, open it, read it, send it to anyone, etc. Put that thing away […]

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Developmental Editing: What is it Exactly?

I’ve been fortunate enough in that many of my clients are already aware of developmental editing and why it’s important for their work, however this is not always going to be the case. Many authors, even self-published ones, still underestimate the importance of a “story” edit. That’s right, developmental editing focuses on the story, characters, […]

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The Benefits of Reading Your Writing Out Loud

I have never been a fan of reading writing out loud. A) It makes me uncomfortable, and B) What’s the point? Recently I joined a writing group that meets in person every Sunday. It is a wonderful group of writers. I am truly impressed, not just by their writing, but at the immense amount of […]

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