An interesting article on Editing:

Thank you so much, Kawanee. I really really needed this post. Reblogging to keep it handy.

http://www.johnhudspith.co.uk/#/on-editing/4569842535

BY JOHN HUDSPITH

On Editing

Writing is easy

Producing sellable writing, not so

It really is a craft, a skill requiring meticulous understanding

When Johnny isn’t throwing rocks at Kimi

He edits novels…

When editing or critiquing, I work with the definite knowledge that every word matters. Every single word. To create beautiful prose, or prose that works well; i.e. it gives reader the smoothest and therefore the most enjoyable read he can have, means examining closely, in detail, the true meaning and the order of the words you choose to use, considering above all, reader’s moving imagery in his reading brain.

Misused words bring poor prose. Poor prose brings cloudy imagery and broken rhythm. Being a good editor/analyser is having the ability to perceive the given prose as a reader; to build the imagery via the given words one word at a time. The more considered those words…

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Self-Promotion the Friendly Way

Thank you so much. I haven’t been advertising my book much because I don’t want to turn people off. I’ve been tweeting and promoting other authors, and blogging and following, and commenting (sometimes) but keeping up with all of that plus email, plus writing, etc, etc., etc., you understand. So I’ve neglected the personal touch and my blogging has mostly been re-blogging for quite a while now. Think I’ll back up and go back to the personal approach. I like people. I need to show it.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Have a book to sell? Always sending out tweets asking people to buy your book? You’re probably being ignored.

After a couple years of using social media to promote this blog, I have seen a trend. I have more than 3,000 followers on Twitter, and I get maybe two or three views per day from Twitter. That’s it. Promoting on Twitter doesn’t work. I have only 62 followers on my Facebook page, and more than 200 friends on my personal account, and I get up to ten views per day from Facebook. Much better percentage, but not amazing. I get nothing from Google+, nothing from Pinterest (except my Happy Little Cloud post keeps getting repinned), and very little from LinkedIn. So, why do people always say to market ourselves via social media? Well, I also see them say to tweet your blog posts multiple times per day, which to me…

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Writer’s Cheat Sheet

This is such a great visual aid. I am one of those people that needs to see the plan in order to understand what’s going on. The first two novels I wrote appeared in my head, and I had a fairly clear idea of what the book was supposed to do, but these WIP’s currently in progress are being stubborn. My characters aren’t speaking to me yet. Alas! Reblogging.

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HOW TO AVOID MANUSCRIPT MENTAL FATIGUE.

Thanks, Ronovan. I really needed this, but it is going to be hard advice to follow as my internal critic is quite a nag. BTW, what do you do if you can’t afford to pay an editor or beta reader?

Lit World Interviews

Why are the first few chapters of your book great and then the yawn sets in as you continue reading through your first draft? Did two people write it?

The problem is common, happens to us all, and is something rarely if ever discussed. I believe it is because we know. We. Just. Know.

I call it Manuscript Mental Fatigue (MMF). We put so much into those first few chapters, editing as we go, and you know we do, then we make it past perhaps chapter ten and it’s over. We just write. It’s not that our ideas are but we just aren’t executing them the way we did earlier. A rule given at every turn about something not to do it, but we spent all of that time on those first few chapters. Instead of letting the words flow, we edited and tried to make those first chapters excellent…

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