Start at the action

Now that I've got a bit of experience slush reading at our new magazine, I can say 'start at the action' with even more certainty than ever. When you're reading someone else's story, who you don't know, and have no preconceptions about, it is a lot easier to see faults. One fault being 'I have …

Picture book?

My novella has some pictures in it, and strange things done with the formatting. I wonder how that will go over or who will like and dislike it... I need to take one more picture to stick in there, and finish editing of course, then I will get to hear from some readers whether all …

Finally editing

Enough with short stories! I'm finally getting some momentum on editing my longer works and moving toward them being ready to submit somewhere. My optimistic goal is to have both my novel and novella ready to send places before winter is over. Very optimistic, I know...

Winter!

I know it's only fall, but winter feels like it's arrived latley. I've missed it! Time for burning fireplaces, scraping windshields, thick jackets and frosty breath. And, more writing? It seems like fall/winter are more of a time for writing than the warmer times of the year. Of course, I write all year round, but …

Gerunds

I hate them! I am going through my novel and highlighting all of them. Of course, not all are bad all of the time, but I think they are a good indicator of where a sentence can be improved. Ing, with, still, again, had been, began to, was, etc. Lots of words that can be …

Dual mind

Writing takes love, self confidence, optimism, and hope in order to complete anything. But editing, I am coming to believe, takes hate, pessimism, and self-disgust. A writer has to be two people, two halves isolated from each other--the writing half is an excited person full of energy and love for the words they are creating …

I can’t stop writing

Which may seem like a good problem to have, except I'm supposed to be editing. Since I finished my novella, I've written five short stories, and just signed up to write another... and I've only edited, partially, one chapter of my novel. I know I need to focus on editing, or the writing was for …