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Review| Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Self Editing For Fiction Writers
Title: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, Second Edition

Author: Dave King & Renni Browne

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 2 Sub edition (April 13, 2004)

Length: 188-292 pages

Category: Non-Fiction, Writing Craft

At a Glance:  A must-read for those who write fiction.

Rating: 5/5

Blurb: Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here, at last, is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

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Productivity

How To Balance Writing & Life

How To Balancing Life & Writing

For writers and other creative people, finding a balance between our creative impulses and life can be difficult. If we allow life to interfere too much, we may feel stifled, trapped, grumpy etc. Like our creativity is being allowed to wither on the vine. But if we allow creativity to interfere with life too much our relationships may suffer, and we may become burned out.

There is a very clear solution to these problems, striking a balance. It is something that I admittedly am not as good at as I would like to be, but I’m working to better myself using the following tips. Slowly striking that much-needed balance. And I hope these tips can help other struggling writers find balance in their own lives. Continue reading “How To Balance Writing & Life”

Fantasy

The Beauty In Fantasy

The Beauty In Fantasy

There’s beauty in any genre a writer can choose to write. But I find Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror to be the most beautiful of all. Vibrant and alive with a sea of possibilities for both writers and readers, and overlapping with almost any other genre out there. That’s why I’ve decided to write a series of posts about them detailing what each share that makes them so great, and what is unique to them.

First up in this three part series is Fantasy.

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Productivity

My DIY Writing Retreat Experience

DIY Writing Retreat

Sometimes the best thing a writer can do to boost their productivity is to find a way to relax. For some that will be going to take a walk, listening to a favorite song etc. But there are times when a more serious form of relaxation is in order. For those times, I say look no further than the DIY writing retreat.

It’s a simple and effective way that, with some planning, doesn’t have to cost anything. And even better, at the end, you’ll be ready to return to your normal day-to-day life confident that you can tackle what is thrown at you.

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3 Tips For Writing A Horror Short

Tips For Writing A Horror Short

Horror is a genre of emotion. Its goal being to instill some form of fear in the reader for the duration of time they’re reading or watching a Horror story. The best ones staying with you well after you’ve closed the book etc.

In this post, I will discuss three of my own top Horror writing tips. Each of them a content-focused tip instead of a step-by-step, that I hope will help you with writing your own Horror shorts.

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Writing

Show, Don’t Tell

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Show don’t tell is both the best and worst advice a writer can get. It signals something is wrong with a piece of writing. But it can also be severely overused in writing groups, workshops, and in online forums when trying to describe what is wrong with a piece. In short, it can all too easily be turned into a sound bite instead of something meaningful that communicates what the reader is struggling with.

And this would be perfectly fine if many didn’t have trouble defining what show, don’t tell means; the manner in which showing and telling are different from one another, and why it is an important thing to be able to master. That is what we’re going to cover in this post. Please don’t mind the Ogre in the corner, the Gray sipping a cup of black tea, or the blood on the carpet.

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Fantasy

Genre 101|Fantasy

Genre 101-Fantasy

Writing Fantasy is like exploring a new world with each new story. Every stroke of the pen or keystroke bringing them to life.

What Is Fantasy?

Horror seeks to scare. Science Fiction deals with the fantastical through the lens of science. Even when it handwaves most of the science away. Fantasy is the genre of the that doesn’t try to explain things away via a horrific supernatural entity or science.

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Writing

The Appeal of Speculative Fiction

The Appeal of Speculative Fiction

People underestimate Speculative Fiction, but I think it is the best kind of fiction. It crosses the boundaries between commercial and Literary. It gives readers so many genres and sub-genres to read it leaves their heads spinning. And for writers of Speculative Fiction, there’s a whole universe of possibilities.

What is Speculative Fiction?

Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for the fiction of “what if?” What if I aliens invaded? What if someone was being stalked by a centuries old serial killer? What if magical being were real and lived in our world? As such, it encompasses the more well-known genres of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. And lesser known genres like Alternate History, Surrealism, Absurdism, and Magical Realism.

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Productivity

The Story Journal: A How-To

The Story Journal- A How-To

I keep what I like to call a Story Journal. Even before I learned about Bullet Journaling and how that could help with finding time to work on my projects. In fact, I would call the story Journal a writers best friend.

Here’s why a writer should consider using one. Especially if they’re not a fan of planners and just want something to help them organize their work. And how to set one up.

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