Edit, Edit or Edit?

Good article about editing.

Writing your first novel-Things you should know


Well that is true, but it’s only one type of editing, and there are three different types listed in the article. The article also noted that a novel length manuscript needed to go through all three types before it was submission ready.

Developmental Edit – better known as the content editing, story editing, structural editing or substantive editing. This edit looks at the big picture of your novel and focuses on

  • character arcs/development
  • pacing
  • story structure
  • pot holes or inconsistencies
  • strong beginning, middle and end
  • plausibility/believability
  • clear transitions
  • point of view
  • showing vs. telling
  • dialogue

Copy Edit – copy editing is the one most of us think of when we hear editor. He comes on the…

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The Writer’s Life According To Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack says it best.

You Write Fiction

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a writer’s life for me…I think. Here are 11 gifs that sum up a writer’s life quite nicely.

sparrow4 When a new idea hits you.

sparrow6 When your cat mocks your new idea.

sparrow3 Writer’s block.

sparrow10 This chapter needs some work…

sparrow9 The cat’s on the keyboard again.

sparrow11 The first time someone asks about your book.

sparrow 2 When a friend/relative singles you out as a writer.

sparrow8 When you’re forced to socialize.

sparrow5 The one time you have company over.

sparrow7 When someone criticizes your writing.

sparrow2 When you get a good review on your book.

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Cats and Christmas

Cats are funny, and they are hilarious to watch at Christmastime. I have one cat in particular who is obsessed with tape. She licks the sticky stuff off the back of the tape and chews on boxes where the tape once was. I don’t know why she does this. She’s just weird that way.

This same cat likes to chew on the Christmas tree. She doesn’t knock ornaments off or claw at the garland like most cats do. She gnaws on the branches. This cat, along with another cat I own, have also found solace and  comfort on the tree skirt. They often push each other out of the way so they can take ownership of their napping spot. Any other time of year, they  have separate sleeping quarters. On one rare occasion, I was lucky to catch them sharing the tree skirt. It hasn’t happened since.


Have you ever tried to wrap gifts with a cat underfoot? The paper gets torn up and the bows end up tangled and squashed. You have to give the feline a strip of ribbon to get her to leave you alone long enough to tape the edges down on the box. It becomes quite a fiasco.

Speaking of boxes…Christmas morning, we throw all of our wrappings in a box for disposal. Guess who ends up in the box. Yup. The cat. So much for easy clean up. Wrapping paper and bows end up all over the floor, and by the time we’re finished, the box is destroyed.

And forget trying to take the tree down. As soon as we get ready to put ornaments away, the cat climbs in the box, intercepting our tree removal efforts.

I love my cats.  They provide daily entertainment, and at Christmas, they are especially amusing. But with cats in the house, I’m glad Christmas is only once a year.