Common writer mistakes #14

#14 — Misusing commas I've done one of these on commas before. I had talked about using commas to continuously add information to a sentence. But I haven't talked about when to use a comma and when not to. Commas are complicated. What tends to get overlooked with them though is independent clauses and dependent … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #14

How much does editing cost?

As a writer looking for editing services, prices can get confusing. Every editor charges something different for many reasons. They have a variety of needs and bills to cover. They also have different levels of experience. Plus, it's not like everyone can edit at the same speed. Some editors are faster than others, and some … Continue reading How much does editing cost?

6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Editors are essential. It's important to communicate some information with them though when y’all first talk. Here are six things to keep in mind: Word count, not page count Knowing how many pages there are isn't as helpful as one might think. There is the general standard that every page is about 250 words. But … Continue reading 6 things editors need to know from writers before editing

Best way to show instead of tell

Showing instead of telling is difficult. Most of the time, it's hard to think of how to show something. I forgot who gave me this writing tip, but it's one of the best ones I know: show through action. Or, in other words, show through your character interacting with the world. Here's an example: It … Continue reading Best way to show instead of tell

Common writer mistakes #13

#13 — Dialogue tags vs action tags Dialogue tags can be tricky. But they're easy to understand after knowing the difference between them and actions tags. Dialogue tags show who's speaking and how they're speaking. These can include but are not limited to: BeggedExclaimedGrumbledSaidScreamedShriekedSnappedSneeredSqueakedWhisperedYelled Dialogue tags are formatted with a comma before the quotation, and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #13

Twilight

Sometimes I wish the world was as simple as the sky. Those two blinking dots rising one step at a time aren’t planes. They’re fairies flying higher, chasing each other beside the twilight clouds. That purple swirling one over there is a dolphin. Its mouth is open, ready for fish. Ready for us. I wait … Continue reading Twilight

Introducing Dragon Editing Services

I'm launching a freelance editorial service called Dragon Editing Services. This has been a work in progress. I'm glad it's finally coming together. I provide three editing services: Manuscript CritiqueCopyeditingProofreading A manuscript critique evaluates your story’s strengths and weaknesses. You will receive an editorial letter with a plan of action to bring your story to … Continue reading Introducing Dragon Editing Services

Query advice from literary agents

I attended a Zoom meeting with literary agents awhile back. They mentioned many good tips, and I'd like to share some of them. Here's a run down of what they said: What they wish writers knew Takes time to hear back. They can have up to 2,000 queries at one time, so it may take … Continue reading Query advice from literary agents