Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my publishing mentor gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. An editor, he said, must be the associate publisher of his own books." - Calvert D. Morgan Jr. Title: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Editor: Peter … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

Not acceptable stories

People always say writers can write whatever they want, but I doubt that's true. Some publication companies don't accept "cliché" or "unoriginal" ideas anymore, because it's harder to market just another vampire story now. Which, in turn, lowers the endless possibilities that writers can write about. Some of those outdated story plots include: Vampires Werewolves … Continue reading Not acceptable stories

Writing breaks

Overworking is easy for a writer. Writers are constantly thinking of poetic lines and/or story developments. After a while, our stories can get mixed up and everything written comes out forced. But is it even possible for a writer to take a break? Kind of. We can psychically stop writing down stories or ideas. We … Continue reading Writing breaks

The Best Ideas for Stories

As a writer, story ideas always flow in and out of me. They sometimes come at inconvenient times like showers when I can’t write anything down. I memorize the words, repeating them over and over until I can get some written down. Those words are never as good as the originals. Some ideas flow out … Continue reading The Best Ideas for Stories

Interpreting stories

In English classes everywhere and in the hands of nerdy fans, writers’ works get interpreted. They will even “find symbolism” that writers never meant. They just have an itch to find some deeper meaning. I don’t want people interpreting my stories wrong. I’d rather a fan come up to me or email me, asking me about … Continue reading Interpreting stories

Ideas for the worst?

Sometimes there's only so much that editing can do to improve a story. After editing it over and over, it can seem as if the story isn't going anywhere. This has happened with my stories...if I mention that the story's older. With my newer stories, everyone's always enthusiastic about me editing them again. It's always … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?

A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Being able to write well isn’t the only thing it takes to be a writer. I’ve found being a valuable editor has helped me with my own writing as well. Editors have a keen eye for troubled story. They know the difference between times to use a comma and when to leave the words alone. … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Oh. You want the truth?

Oh. You want the truth? It’s a bit messy. It’s the joke your friends make that you shyly laugh off. It’s the smiles and tears that come when someone finally sees the end. It’s the hours upon hours of sitting in one place, hoping the mixture of words turn out better than where it started, … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?