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Self-editing: What are your options?

You’ve finished the first draft of your novel, now it’s time for revisions. We know that you’ll need a professional editor soon, but before that, what can you do on your own? Revisions need to start somewhere, so here are a few options for editing your own work: Take a break – this is important […]

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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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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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