19 Self-editing Tips

If you’re in that editing stage and looking for some tips, this is helpful.

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Now that I’ve published my first novel, To Hunt a Sub, I can say from experience that writing it and editing it took equally long periods of time (and marketing is just as involved). After finishing the final rough draft (yeah, sure) and before emailing it to an editor, I wanted it as clean possible. I searched through a wide collection of self-editing books like these:

The Novel Writer’s Toolkit by Bob Mayer

Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall

…and came up with a list of fixes that I felt would not only clean up grammar and editing, but the voice and pacing that seemed to bog my story down. Here are ideas you might like:

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13 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don’t Do

Great insights here. Definitely worth reading.

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As y’all know I do a ton of reading and this includes lots and lots of blogs and articles. Over the holiday I ran across one article that just had me jumping up and down and yelling, “YES! THIS!” The Business Insider article “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” is based off Amy Morin’s book (which I highly recommend).

It doesn’t matter if we strive to have a healthy marriage, strong kids or a killer career, these tenets cross-apply to all areas of life. Mental toughness is a key component to being successful. Yes, even for writers.

So I figured I would tinker with this and make it more directly apply to writers and what we must do (or not do) if we long to do well in this career. Thus, today we are going to discuss 13 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don’t Do.

#1 They don’t waste time…

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Four Different Types of Writing Styles

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Amber M. Founder & Owner of: A Not So Jaded Life Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Successful Living and Writing Writer A writer’s style is a reflection of his or her personality, unique voice, and way of approaching the audience and readers.However, every piece writers write is for a […]

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When Words Won’t Come — Lit World Interviews

We’ve all shared tips on how to write every day and how to fight that devil, procrastination. Or in other words, how to nip our laziness in the bud. Laziness is indeed a real thing, but often when we think that that’s exactly what our problem is, it isn’t. It’s overwhelm. Beating ourselves up with […]

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Book signings events can be touch and go.  Sometimes the public turnout is low and I walk away with no sales. Other times, I make great connections with people and sell a few books.  Today’s signing at a local German Christmas market was fairly successful.

I walked into a convention center full of holiday decor. Bright lights and evergreen boughs filled the entire hall. Tables, each accented with its own white drape, were lined up along the walls for local authors to set up and sign books.

Trees decorated with homemade paper ornaments welcomed guests at the door, and decorative glass ornaments added to the holiday spirit. Volunteers handed out apple and cinnamon cider, and the heavenly aroma of gingerbread aroused the senses. 

I met a few local authors, made some connections, and discussed writing and marketing ideas. Potential readers visited my table to chat, and each one of them walked away with a bookmark and syringe pen. The syringe pens are always a hit.  

Santa stopped by to say hello, after a busy morning of photo shoots with children.  He handed out candy canes and wished everyone a happy holiday then roamed the market bellowing out his classic, “Ho, ho, ho.”

After seven hours of signing and selling books to eager Christmas shoppers, my kids and I closed up shop and decided to check out what Weihnachtsmarkt had to offer. We walked into a huge showroom full of homemade Christmas crafts, candies, ornaments, toys, jewelry, and the most amazing bread I’ve ever eaten.

Christmas music played in the background and everyone was in a holiday mood.  People strolled the aisles and pursued through booths wearing interesting Christmas sweaters with necklaces of blinking lights hanging around their necks. Each carried a shopping bag with artwork from a local artist printed on the side.

The best part about this event…all the proceeds from ticket sales and booth rentals went directly to a local museum, the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.  It was a great event.  I met fellow authors, talked with interesting people, and sold a few copies of my books. I even filled my own shopping bag with homemade truffles, a loaf of Christmas bread, and a fun gingerbread man chef ornament.  

Weihnachtsmarkt 2016 was well worth the booth fee and the 40 minute drive to get there. I look forward to attending again next year.

Frohliche Weihnachten!