What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)

How do we manage the stress?

Managing stress is essential for any job. It's hard to balance work (even if it's more like a hobby) with life in general. It can feel as if it's impossible to get everything done. While listening to Ear Biscuits the other day, I heard a great quote about that: "It's probably the case that feeling like … Continue reading How do we manage the stress?

It’s been a while…

It's been a while since I've reminded you of something important: It's alright if you need a day off. It's okay if you feel the need to write ten pages or more. No matter what, if you are determined, you will do it. Whatever your goal with writing is, it will happen. You can do … Continue reading It’s been a while…

Three important items to pack for a conference

The writing/editing conference season is kicking off! Some have already started, but some are coming up soon. Figuring out what to pack for these conferences can be tricky, because you never know who you're going to meet. So, here's a list of items to start your conference with: Notepads with pens It's easier to handwrite … Continue reading Three important items to pack for a conference

Fake Happy

Money! I love that word. Don’t you? It gives you hope until you realize how empty your pockets are. In this world, we’re all just searching for Money. Do you want some? So does our government. You can play the game of Life with them, but let’s see who ends up with more Money. It’s … Continue reading Fake Happy

Gifts for the winter

Most years, writers get the same blank journals as gifts. But some writers only write on notepads or laptops. Their stash of blank journals get higher. This year, gifts are getting an upgrade. Here's a list of some great gifts for writers: 1) Notepads for a shower As I mentioned before, ideas come in the shower. … Continue reading Gifts for the winter

Getting rid of Shakespeare

As an English major, I have joined the clubs of I-have-read-too-many-Shakespeare-plays-to-count and when-can-I-stop-reading-Hamlet-even-though-it's-my-favorite. It seems that I can't spend a semester without Shakespeare. But one of my professors, who is also an English advisor, discussed making Shakespeare not a requirement with my senior class. Both sides explained their opinions. Some students felt Shakespeared out and some … Continue reading Getting rid of Shakespeare

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 it 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 positive. … Continue reading Ideas for the worst?

Relating to writers

Sometimes, writers need something to relate to. Here's a list of relatable writer-ness: "My imagination is so wild and vivacious that I often find reality to be quite disappointing." -from an unknown Whisper user "The one time you actually feel like writing, you have no clue what to write." -writingproblems #68, Tumblr user "Writers see the world differently. … Continue reading Relating to writers

Friendly writing reminder

To create worlds that no one has seen before, we must cry, bleed, and smile. Life isn't just the sunny side. We need a thunderstorm to get a rainbow. So, if it seems like it's not going your way or that you may not publish anymore, remember it's all a process. It doesn't happen over … Continue reading Friendly writing reminder