It seems almost obvious, yet, I frequently hear (or read) that another writer has chosen to forgo the valuable steps of editing. Editing is much more than just spelling, punctuation and grammar. It’s about tone, voice and message too. NEVER underestimate the value of importance of editing.
The word “just” is often a word that can be deleted from a manuscript, but don’t hit “Delete All Instances.” Just has a different meanings depending on the context: just punishment; “Just do it!”; just stood there, staring. I would delete the last instance, but not the first two; “just” gives the words more meaning.
Things have changed so much since I was in high school. Gone are the days of analysing that Shakespearean text. Instead, they assess how various forms of media has influenced our written and spoken language. His English latest assignment is to develop a marketing campaign using social media. He’s apprehensive of doing this, aware of the dangers of the Internet. In steps mom and her checklist for building a basic on-line platform.
Yes, all writers who are serious about publication need to build a platform, but it’s not something the be afraid of. A writer’s platform is really about building connections with others. There are many different ways to forge those connections and not all of them are on-line. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how those connections came to exist, just as long as you foster them and help them grow.
To shift a sentence from “tell” to “show”, sometimes all it takes is a shift in the sentence’s subject. For example: She saw the door fall off its hinges. There is no need to say who saw it. The point-of-view character saw it. The door fell off its hinges.
Every writers that is serious about publishing, particularly those attempting the traditional publication path, will know that agents and editors put a lot of weight on word counts. The acceptable limits vary depending on the age category and genre of the book.
It’s incredibly important to have a good understanding of the average word counts for the type of story that you are writing, but it’s just as important to understand word counts are not an excuse for poor story telling.
Opportunities to get your name out there can come from almost any direction. Some will come with financial rewards, but many others won’t. Consider each opportunity based on its own merits. Don’t shy away from them. Accept the ones that present you a challenge and will help you thrive. Turn down the ones that you honestly believe could leave a negative stain against your name. However, seriously consider the opportunities that seem to come out of nowhere but provide you with genuine opportunities that you would have never gotten otherwise.
Paragraphs are as long or as short as they need to be. Don’t be afraid to have a single-sentence paragraph; this often happens around dialogue. However, if your paragraph is approaching a page length, you might want to rethink that one. Typically, maximum length of a paragraph is 3 – 4 related thoughts.
There are many out there now self-publishing. They’re decisions to head down this path have come about for a variety of reasons and there is nothing wrong with it. There have been many successful writers who have self-published, just as there has been many writers who have been traditionally published that bombed.
In some cases, writers elect to push for self-publishing because it’s the fastest way to get your book out there. For time-sensitive, non-fiction books, this is likely the path you’ll take. However, there is a HUGE difference between (1) producing a quality product that was self-published and (2) self-publishing because you want it out there.