Self-Editing Tip #4: Aggressively Passive Voice

I described some wordy writing once as being like “taking a train all the way around the world just to get to the next town over.” Not only does writing in the passive voice add unnecessary extra words, but it sometimes can make a sentence seem tiresome and confusing. If this happens for an entire… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #3: Semicolon, the Mouth Breather

The ever-dreaded semicolon, I believe, is one of the English language’s most misunderstood and misused facets of punctuation. Awkward, yes. Frustrating, yes. And I called it the “Mouth Breather” because no matter what I do (ignore it or flatter it with use), it’s always there lurking behind me, distracting me with hot, stinky breath on… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #2: Who’s Saying What?

I have had a total of five different manuscripts from five different authors go through my hands since Monday, and I found one consistent thing in all of them that made me think about another tip to give when editing your own work. Sometimes we get so caught up in the writing that we don’t… Read More

CWC Sci-Fi Project: #3

The Sci-Fi Project at Collaborative Writing Challenge finally has a name! Introducing: Ark Interstellar space travel is still a new reality for Earth. Dr. Dirk Forret, the nerdy, uptight planetary zoologist, returns to his scientific research vessel, the Ark, after a short walk on the planet Santelli Minor. Dirk’s pride in his precious ship is… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #1: Everything Needs to Go

I have somehow managed to make the time to turn my editing services upon myself, and there is so much more to learn that way. It surprised me, and then I wanted to share some tips to correct one of the largest problems I’m facing in my own work right now. My fantasy novel Daughter of… Read More