So you finished NaNoWriMo

So you finished NaNoWriMo

Congratulations! You've written a lot of words in a short amount of time that is a great first draft! I know, I know. You've heard first drafts are supposedly crap. They should never be seen by anyone, ever, and they're just garbage. A stream of consciousness that you're probably going to re-write at least five [...]

On Voice: Whose do you hear?

On Voice: Whose do you hear?

As a reader, you can tell when a voice feels real and authentic or not. You can tell from page one whether or not you're going to connect with the main character -- even if the character is unlikeable, or unreliable. You can connect with them because it feels like they're talking to you, that [...]

#WritingWednesday: Telling, showing, and filter words

#WritingWednesday: Telling, showing, and filter words

This past year has been a big one for me. I took a lot of big leaps, including freelance editing full time. With such an intense amount of time spent editing each week, I've been starting to see a pattern in the issues with my clients' manuscripts. Today, I want to talk about this whole [...]

Thinking past the first draft

Thinking past the first draft

I've been walking the line between author and editor these days. It's a tight line, one that I'm having a hard time staying balanced on. It's not because I've been consuming lots of good wine (I wish), but because I've reached the point in my editing where I really can't take the step back that [...]