How To Write Well: 10 Essential Self-Editing Tips

Do you want to write well? The easiest way to write well is to edit your writing. The best person to edit a manuscript, article or blog post is the author herself. Sure, writers can — and should, when necessary — hire a professional copyeditor to correct a manuscript before it is sent off to an agent or book designer for self-publishing. But the writer knows her material better than a...

Passion: How To Tap Into Yours Every Time You Write

[caption id="attachment_9919" align="alignright" width="218"] Would You Like to Tap into Your Passion Every Time You Write?[/caption] You have a great idea for an article, blog post, short story or novel. You feel the topic is fresh and interesting, and you've brainstormed your main points. After a bit of work, you come to the moment when you're ready to write. But when you get down to ac...

5 Key Questions to Ask as You Write Your Novel

[caption id="attachment_8296" align="alignright" width="300"] Key Questions to Ask[/caption] As a professional manuscript critiquer and copyeditor, I ask a lot of questions. Sure, I also give a lot of suggestions and fix badly constructed sentences. But it’s the questions that get to the heart of the story. Asking authors questions helps them think about what they’re writing and why. ...